For many low income families, household repairs have taken a backseat because of the rising costs and the economy. One community organization is helping out by providing home rehabilitation services.
The Housing Development Alliance is gearing up for its 9th Annual 'Repair Affair' and organizers say this year they are seeing a high demand for energy repairs.
Thelma Hagans' drafty back door will soon be replaced.
“It's just cold in the winter and I want some heat. I can't stand no cold weather,” said Hagans.
Organizers and volunteers with the Housing Development Alliance in Perry County will soon be out making home repairs for people like Hagans.
“Housing and housing related costs, utilities, insurance really do eat up a lot of the disposable income that people have. And that makes it harder to pay for other necessities,” said Scott McReynolds.
McReynolds is the organization's Executive Director and says with cold weather coming and costs increasing more people can't afford basic repairs.
“Things like energy repairs become a higher priority for folks and so we're seeing a pick up in the demand,” he said.
“We always have a lot of people, asking for help. Our waiting list for home repairs is always there,” said Kelly Sizemore.
Sizemore is the volunteer coordinator and says it is important to help those who can not make repairs themselves.
“Homeowners like Thelma who have lived in their homes all their lives and just want, you know, minor repairs here and there,” she said.
She says the repair affair will help make that possible.
Housing Development Alliance organizers say they will be working on at least 40 more homes this year, so they are always looking for volunteers. For more information call 606-436-0497.