Habitat steps up to help Southwood residents after winter storm
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Residents of the Southwood mobile home park are still grappling with the damage brought on by last week's winter storm.
When the snow hit, power was out for several days.
"We've had tornadoes, like other storms, and we haven't had the power go out for that long," Doris Torres, who has lived in Southwood for 18 years, said in Spanish.
The issue was made worse for the homes within the neighborhood that lack insulation.
"It was horrible," Torres said. "It was very cold."
Habitat for Humanity, which owns Southwood, stepped up so that no resident would be left in the dark. The nonprofit partnered with Albemarle County and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, offering meals, money, and hotel vouchers to residents while they waited for their power to come back on.
"It was a great example of a number of people coming together to solve an emergent need for a number of people who really needed a hand," said Dan Rosensweig, the president of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.
More money will go toward repairs that're still needed, like trees that have crunched homes, though Rosensweig said the extra help provided over the past week was just a stop-gap solution.
"For the long term, we've been working side-by-side with the residents of Southwood over the last 12 years or so to plan a better future of permanent homes that are insulated," he said.
Progress is being made on sustainable homes so that the brutal temperatures inside a home and extensive damage amid extreme weather won't happen again.
"Thank God there are people with good hearts who are willing to help everyone," Torres said.
Rosensweig added that the first set of new homes through the major affordable housing project are set to be built within the next few months.