June 2019 Roundup

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities We've got the power! With a little help from our friends, Logo with figures, suggestion of house, star; Photo of gal showing muscles by dumpster

Rebuilding Together We've Got The Power!
With a little help from our friends (and their change)

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities – our nonprofit neighbor off Como & 280 – brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. They provide critical repairs to ensure homeowners in need can live independently in safe and healthy homes. Through this, they transform lives and revitalize our communities!

When homes need repairs and homeowners are not capable of making them, Rebuilding Together TC will coordinate the volunteers, skilled labor, tools and supplies necessary. Efforts are focused on older adults, individuals living with disabilities, active and retired members of the armed services, and families with children. They also rehabilitate properties that house qualifying nonprofit community organizations. Programs address three primary needs:

1) ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAMS
Safe at Home provides volunteer-delivered safety and fall prevention modifications and ramps for older adults or those living with a disability so that they can continue to live independently in their own homes.

Access for Always provides larger, contractor-delivered environmental home modifications such as doorway widening and kitchen or bathroom renovations to enable aging-in-place and single-level living.

2) LIVABILITY PROGRAMS
Home Repair creates healthier, more livable homes by providing volunteer-delivered repairs including weatherizing, cleaning, installing flooring, patching and painting, siding, landscaping, and almost anything that restores the homeowners’ independence, safety and security.

Essential Systems Repair provides timely contractor-delivered repair or replacement of essential systems such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing, outer envelope and roofs that are critical to healthy, livable homes.

3) COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Community Strong fosters vibrant communities by providing safe and welcoming spaces for communities to gather. Projects include renovation and beautification work for community centers, schools, supportive housing facilities and outdoor community spaces.

ReNeighboring transforms donated vacant homes into safe, healthy and affordable housing for qualified homeowners who earn less than 120% of the area median income. Proceeds from the sale of these professionally-rehabilitated homes are invested back into other programs.

Smiling senior plus volunteer on porchAll repairs are completed at no charge to qualified homeowners or community organizations. Labor and many supplies are donated. Recipients are asked to work alongside volunteers to the extent they are able.

Examples of work:

• Weatherization & Energy Efficiency Improvements – Installing insulation; caulking; re-glazing or replacing windows; replacing appliances with Energy Star-rated models; installing low-flow water faucets & toilets; more.

• Safety & Accessibility Modifications – Installing smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, outdoor security lights, grab bars, shower seats, higher toilets, stair rails, lever door handles, no-slip stair treads; building wheelchair-accessible ramps; eliminating trip & fall hazards.

• General Repair & Maintenance – Upgrading electrical & plumbing; repairing walls; landscaping to divert water from home or prevent erosion; repairing a roof; addressing issues cited by housing inspections; additional repairs as needed.

Rebuilding Together's funds and materials come from corporations, labor organizations, foundations, civic organizations, faith-based organizations – and folks like you! More at their website.

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Posted by Christine DeMars • May 2019