Rebuilding Together DC Alexandria (2018)
Rebuilding Together DC Alexandria
Since 1986, Rebuilding Together DC Alexandria (RTA) has provided nearly 28,000 volunteers to work on 2,200 projects to improve the homes of low-income residents of the City of Alexandria. Among its many programs, the Safe and Healthy Homes program focuses on stabilizing 25 common housing problems in the homes of low-income persons living in older and/or substandard housing.
The $8,500 2018 grant was used to assist 6 older adults in making their homes safer. The types of repairs include installing handrails and grab bars, providing smoke/carbon dioxide detectors and fire extinguishers, replacing roofing or HVAC units, and putting in chair lifts. All of the repairs are targeted at reducing or eliminating the hazards that can pose significant risks to RTA clients’ health and safety.
Mrs. C. lives alone in her 1940’s era townhouse. She is 86, lives on $19,000 a year, and has mobility and heart disease issues. Due to lack of repairs to the second floor bathroom, the bathtub leaked and was damaging the kitchen ceiling below. RTA installed a “bath surround” for her, making her bathroom a far more usable space and solved the kitchen leak problem.
To learn more about Rebuilding Together Alexandria visit: www.rebuildingtogetheralex.org.