Richmond neighborhood gets free home repairs

Posted at 8:28 PM, Apr 28, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-28 23:59:31-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The City of Richmond looks a little better today than it did yesterday.

That's because 1,500 volunteers spread out across the Eastview Neighborhood Saturday to fix up 44 homes in need of repair. The homes are owned by seniors with low-income and people who are disabled.

Examples of repairs and renovations include painting, heating/ cooling, roof, windows, handrails, porch repairs, lighting and removal of dangerous trip/ fall hazards. This was the 20th event year.

The work is all thanks to Rebuilding Together of Richmond. It's a local nonprofit agency that receives its supplies and funding from Richmond-based businesses, individuals and community partners.

Homes to be repaired are chosen annually from applications submitted to Rebuilding Together of Richmond in November. Criteria for assistance include: homeowners who are 55 years of age or older or have disabilities; have a household income less than $25,000; and, living in a property in a selected project area (assessed annually).