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April 17, 2019

Foundation challenge grant to support critical repairs–with your help

What do you do when the heat goes out?

For many of us, a call to the repair company or landlord results in a warm house soon enough. But some of our friends and neighbors—who may own their home but are on fixed retirement or disability income—find themselves making do with space heaters or toughing out the cold under extra layers and blankets.

That is the case for Timothy, an elderly veteran living in Troutman. When an Our Towns Habitat staff member visited Timothy recently to assess the need for repairs, his home was so cold that Timothy was visibly shaking.

While Habitat is well known for providing a path to affordable homeownership, our programs reach beyond building homes. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. One way we help build that world is through our critical repair program, helping people like Timothy, who own their home but lack the resources to make critical health and safety repairs.

This year, our goal is to help 41 homeowners with critical repairs. These repairs average $10K-$15K each. Your donation stays right here, in your own community, and right now, your gift will go twice as far, thanks to a generous $20,000 challenge grant from the Maureen and John Ausura Charitable Foundation.

The need for working heat in the middle of winter is clearly critical. Yet often, the solution to these critical needs is not immediate. For some of these repairs, Our Towns Habitat is able to leverage government grants to assist homeowners, but the approval process can be a lengthy one.

For other homeowners, this kind of funding is simply NOT available. Your gift can help fill the gap, allowing us to tackle health and safety repairs with the urgency these homeowners need.

Timothy now has a temporary solution to his need for heat—a donated window heat pump. But we need your help to fully address repairs to his home, and the urgent repair needs of other homeowners living in intolerable conditions.

Will you consider a contribution today to help these homeowners? Every gift, no matter the amount, can help build a world where everyone has a decent place to live—in a home that’s warm, safe and healthy.

To make sure your gift is credited to the Critical Repairs program, please type “Repairs” on the donation form when asked “Where would you like to designate your gift?”

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