Low-Income Household Helped By Oakland Program With Home Repairs

Waterford, Michigan – April 25, 2015 – Roof repairs, restoration or re-roofing, wiring improvements and fixing the stairs are only some of the extensive repair work that is needed for a certain household at Waterford Township.

When her grandmother died in 2006, Holly Nelson was the one to inherit her grandmother’s home but unfortunately, the repair work that needed to be done was too much for her and she could not keep up.

Besides her inability to conduct a massive repair project on her inherited home, Holly had experienced a number of challenges while living in the household including the crumbling of a 28-year old marriage, various family deaths and other necessary work that she couldn’t accomplish.

She says that her house, which is located at Airport Road, was deteriorating all around her but she couldn’t do a thing. But she needed to get something done to her home that is why she sought the assistance regarding home repairs that was offered by the Rebuilding Together Oakland County. The program mostly involved strangers who had volunteered to help low-income residents with repair work. It is only a small part of the movement that started in the country back in the 1990s.

On Saturday, about 1,000 volunteers have selflessly fanned out throughout the county to assist various homeowners with home repairs and one of them was Holly Nelson.

Holly said that she was overwhelmed with what the volunteers had done. They put on a new roof, fixed her electrical wiring and were even helping fix her stairs. She said that the volunteers had even conducted repairs on an outside shed.

She acknowledged that on her own, she wouldn’t be able to accomplish those tasks and that the part-time caregiver was also very thankful for them.

To be able to qualify for the said program, a person must be the owner the house he or she is currently living in and must be earning not more than $30,000 every year. If the homeowners are a couple, then they must not earn more than $40,000 a year.

The volunteers came from different organizations, religions and even corporate workforces who are at least 12-years above.