Amount Requested: $10,000 for Critical Home Repairs in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County
Mission: To accomplish, at no cost to a homeowner, critical home repairs and modifications for elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged homeowners in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.
Constituents Served: Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta (RHGA) provides services to homeowners who have an income at or below 150% of the federal poverty guideline and live in Augusta County, Staunton, or Waynesboro. We do not work on a rental properties. All homes must have critical needs that will keep a home safe, warm, dry, and accessible. RHGA does prioritize elderly and disabled homeowners and takes into account any potential help that could be provided by family in the area. During 2015 we served 68 individuals.
Program Overview: RHGA provides critical home repairs in the greater Augusta region, focusing on repairs that make or keep a home safe, warm, dry, and accessible. In order to provide these services, three “stars” must align: volunteers, funding, and a homowner. When we find the right combination, we can complete repairs for one of our clients.
Every client’s home has a different set of needs and requires a finely tailored scope of work. At times, we will simply provide a wheelchair ramp so that a homeowner with a disability can safely access their home. Other projects may involve not only a ramp installation, but a re-coated roof, a new toilet, the replacement of a rotting subfloor, and installation of new insulation to make the home more energy efficient.
All repairs are completed with volunteer labor, allowing us to maximize the impact of donated funds. We estimate that for every dollar spent, we achieve three dollars of commercial repairs. Due to the high costs of commercial home repairs, our low-income clients often have to choose between replacing a broken water heater and feeding their family. For RHGA, the cost of materials associated with a diverse set of jobs range from $500 to $2,500. These same jobs would cost a local homeowner anywhere from $1,500 to $7,500 if they were to pay a contractor for repairs. Volunteers are crucial in allowing us to pass on this huge costs-savings to the client.
By developing relationships with the health community, we plan to create a fast-track program option for ensuring that homeowners who need immediate accessibility modifications after leaving a hospital stay can have services provided within a tight timeframe.
Current Operating Budget: $73,031