Thursday, August 8, 2013
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Clayton News Daily
JONESBORO — Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is in the process of working on 20 homes in Henry and Clayton counties under Habitat for Humanity’s new 50+ Repair Program funded by the AARP Foundation, according to a news release.
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will work with low-income homeowners age 50 and older in Henry and Clayton counties to improve their homes and communities, and mobilize services seniors may need as they age, the release said.
The program falls under Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which Habitat says promotes holistic community development with a focus on construction, repair and rehabilitation of affordable housing in partnership with community organizations and low-income families in areas hit hard by foreclosures.
AARP Foundation provided Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity a grant of $35,000 to partner with at least 20 low-income homeowners ages 50 and above. Since launching the Home Repair Initiative in 2011, Southern Crescent Habitat has completed repair projects on over 100 homes in Clayton and Henry counties with a focus on helping the elderly, the disabled and veterans.
“It is so uplifting to watch a senior fall in love with their home again. The AARP Foundation grant has given us the chance to partner with many low-income seniors for whom these home improvements have simply never been an option. With this grant, we’re seeing this very special group of homeowners renew their spirit and love of their home and this is a great win for our community,” said Melissa Chapman, Chief Executive Officer of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.
AARP Foundation announced its Home Repair Accelerator grant program in summer 2012, selecting four implementing organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, in February 2013. AARP Foundation’s program will provide critical home repair and modification to low-income homeowners 50 years of age and older living in 1,179 homes around the country.