Article from The Suburban Times
Free home repairs for low-income homeowners
By Lindsay Shigetomi, Rebuilding Together South Sound
TACOMA, WA – Free home repairs are available for qualified low-income homeowners through local non-profit Rebuilding Together South Sound. Rebuilding Together South Sound, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together Inc., plans to complete 15 critical home repair projects with the help of hundreds of volunteers on National Rebuilding Day 2013. National Rebuilding Day is a major volunteer work day taking place on April 27th, 2013. Volunteers, local sponsors and community partners will work together with low-income homeowners to complete critical home repair projects that will keep occupants warm, safe and dry.
Applications for Rebuilding Day 2013 are now available and Rebuilding Together South Sound is seeking qualified homeowners. In order to be eligible for services, an applicant must 1) own their home, 2) be low-income, 3) be elderly, a person with a disability, or a family with children, and 4) live in Pierce County, Federal Way or Auburn. Applications for Rebuilding Day 2013 are due Saturday, December 1st, 2012.
Many local families have struggled in recent years to provide for their basic necessities. The economic downturn and personal crises have challenged many individuals. For low-income families, necessary home repairs and modifications often go unattended because of a lack of resources. Rebuilding Together South Sound exists to ensure that everyone has a safe and healthy home, regardless of income. The organization is working to preserve the affordable housing stock in the South Sound, and promote aging in place by keeping people in their homes as long as possible.
National Rebuilding Day is the foundational event of Rebuilding Together Inc., the nation’s leading volunteer home repair organization. The organization is based on the idea of bringing families and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. This effort culminates on National Rebuilding Day, where thousands of volunteers help their neighbors in need. 200 affiliates of Rebuilding Together Inc. across the country participate in National Rebuilding Day, cumulatively repairing 4,000 homes nation-wide.
Rebuilding Together South Sound encourages all community members to help spread the word about the services that are available to anyone who might qualify. To request an application or learn more, please call Rebuilding Together South Sound at 253-238-0977 or visit the website www.rebuildingtogetherss.org.
About Rebuilding Together South Sound: Rebuilding Together South Sound was founded in 2001 in response to the growing need for help in the Pierce County area where 44% of the homeowners are low-income. Their mission is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners – particularly the elderly, people with disabilities and families with children. Major home repairs are completed by volunteer teams on National Rebuilding Day, an annual work day in April. Home modifications, changes that increase the accessibility of the home, are completed throughout the year. With volunteer and in-kind support the community provides, each dollar raised provides a minimum of $4 worth of work for recipients. This year Rebuilding Together South Sound plans to complete a total of 50 projects.