Volunteers Come Together to Repair Homes for Seniors

May 14, 2014

Some folks in Charlottesville grabbed hammers and nails to help make major improvements to several homes in one neighborhood.

AHIP, a home repair non-profit, has teamed up with several local businesses for the Seniors Safe at Home initiative, which helps make critical safety repairs to homes owned by seniors. 10th Street and Page Street were chosen as one of the "block by block" target areas, with several homes needing some TLC.

Jennifer Jacobs, the executive director at AHIP says the goal of the project is to help seniors be able safely stay in the homes, by making repairs they otherwise may not be able to afford.

"They've raised families here, they've worked here, they've worked hard to keep up their houses. If we can do a little thing, much less a big project like this, to help them stay in their home, that is an amazing and beautiful thing," Jacobs said.

On Monday volunteers from Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors, Blue Ridge Home Builders, and UVa. worked on two homes on 11th Street. Both needed new decks with safety railing, and emergency repairs inside. Jacobs said having community support has made a huge impact.

"It helps us do more for each of the clients that we help. We have ecoREMOD coming in and building this deck, or we have CAAR doing interior painting. That's money that we save by not having someone come out and do it. So that's an amazing thing," said Jacobs.

The project in 10th and Page is slated to take two years, by which time 24 homes will have been fixed up.

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