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County offers home improvement loans

(ran Beach edition)

Do you need to replace your roof, update your kitchen or widen doors and add ramps to your home? Three programs are available for low or moderate income residents of Pinellas County for home improvements.

The Pinellas County Community Development Department has 0 to 5 percent interest loans to home owners for improvements. The program also offers $2,500 in grants to rental or owner occupied homes of disabled individuals to adapt for barrier free living. For landlords the county will match up to half of the rehab costs of properties rented to low or moderate income residents in selected areas. The county also offers programs to help you buy a home. These loans are not available within the city limits of St. Petersburg, Clearwater or Largo. For information, call 464-8210.

Missing children foundation offers free kits

The Missing Children Awareness Foundation Inc., a child safety charity, is offering free photo ID and fingerprint kits to parents and guardians.

Each kit contains a section for listing physical description and distinguishing marks, a dental chart to be filled out by a dentist, a personal information section, a DNA ID section, and section for photo and thumbprint.

To receive a kit, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Missing Children Awareness Foundation (MCAF), 13094 95th St. N, Largo, FL 33773.

Phone devices available for hearing impaired

Specialized telephones and ring signaling devices are now available at no cost for Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired and who live in the state for at least six months a year.

Equipment is available by appointment from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Deaf and Hearing Connection main office, 7545 83rd St. N, Seminole, or at a satellite location. To schedule an appointment or for locations, call 399-9983. Equipment applications are also available at 1-800-222-3448 (voice), 1-888-447-5620 (TTY) or at