Skyline Community Action Partnerships gets grant to help homeowners

MADISON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Skyline Community Action Partnership was awarded two grants totaling $20,000 to support its emergency repair program.

The grants come from VF Jeanswear (Blue Bell Foundation) and the Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust, each in the amount of $10,000.

For more than 25 years, Skyline's projects have typically helped homeowners in Madison, Greene and Orange counties that are seniors, people with low-incomes and disabled people.

The organization fixes issues with roofing, heating and air, flooring, accessibility, and many other issues.

Rachel Henderson, the executive director, said their ability to help residents in the rural counties is vital because many residents lack resources for repairs.

"So within our communities, I see us being a really important puzzle piece to keeping people in their homes and allowing them to age in place and resolving the health and safety needs," said Henderson.

Skyline plans on putting the grants to use very soon.

"We plan on using the money immediately," said Henderson. "As soon as we're able to utilize those funds, which I believe they are available currently, an inspector inspected four emergency home repairs that we are looking to at least start as early as August."

The organization plans on repairing at least 24 homes by the start of its next fiscal year, which is in July 2020.

Henderson said the positive responses they have received from residents over the years are what drive them to continue helping homeowners.

"You leave there feeling like you have become one of their family members," she said. "They know that you have taken an active interest and you care about their situation and you're happy to leave a home much better than what initially saw it in."

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