RTDC to Help 10 Homeowners During National Rebuilding Month In April
Poughkeepsie, NY – Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, a nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person announced today that April 2014 marks its 23rd annual National Rebuilding Month. National Rebuilding Month is the organization’s nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for America’s low-income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April, punctuated with the annual National Rebuilding Day on April 26, a culmination of months of planning.
Last year across the country, more than 50,000 volunteers served at over 3,000 affiliate-led rebuild projects during the month of April. Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will complete 10 projects during National Rebuilding Month 2014, bringing together 300 volunteers to serve low-income homeowners and communities in need including a single mother who lives in her 1930’s home with her 11 year old daughter, an elderly woman who has lived in her 1960’s home for almost 50 years, and a 75 year old woman who is the widow of a Korean War veteran. Renovations will include roofing, drywall, gutter, flooring, plumbing & electrical repairs, installation of smoke detectors, installation of windows & doors, grab bars & handrails, and accessible bathrooms.
National Rebuilding Month is embraced by community leaders and national corporate partners as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities across America in a single month. Local partners include volunteer teams from Arlington Teachers Association, Central Hudson, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Meyer Contracting Corp., Poughkeepsie South Rotary, Poughquag United Methodist Church, Salisbury Bank, SERVPRO of NW & SE DC, TD Bank, and Walden Savings Bank.
For the past 23 years Rebuilding Together Dutchess County has brought volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of the growing population of low-income homeowners in need, completing over 430 critical home repair projects.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are 5.2 million homeowners who live in deteriorating, physically inadequate homes that threaten their wellbeing. Therefore, the demand for Rebuilding Together’s services continues to grow as limited income homeowners, faced with diminishing resources, must choose food and medicine over critical home repairs, choices that, over time, lead to crumbling foundations, dangerously sagging roofs, and windows and doors that can’t be secured for their own safety.
“The affordable housing squeeze that many experience also impacts longtime homeowners, who struggle to maintain their homes and can’t afford to move but have difficulty affording to stay as well” said Executive Director Christina Boryk. “Helping these homeowners remain in their homes is important to strengthening our community and preserving affordable housing.”