Two years ago HFHSLOCO launched its Home Preservation program with the help of Bank of America. This program allows us to assist low-income homeowners maintain and preserve their homes and property. Often these homeowners are able to make their mortgage payments, but do not have additional funds to maintain their homes and property so that they can continue to be livable, safe, and secure. Our Home Preservation program primarily provides painting, landscaping, and minor repair services for homeowners in need. It helps low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners reclaim their homes with pride and dignity. Most important, HFHSLOCO’s Home Preservation program is part of our broader neighborhood revitalization strategy, a holistic approach that assists and stabilizes communities as well as families. Our Home Preservation program is about restoring neighborhoods one home at a time through simple acts of kindness.
Each Home Preservation project has a budget of $2500. When HFHSLOCO began the program one of the biggest challenges it faced was obtaining funding to launch and continue the program. Bank of America has donated $75,000 to date to support and sponsor HFHSLOCO’s Home Preservation program. As a result of their generous financial and volunteer support HFHSLOCO was able to successfully launch the program and has repaired 12 homes with 4 more scheduled to be completed in the next 3 months. With this much needed financial support and the work on our Home Preservation projects primarily being done by volunteers willing to assist families through their time and with their skills, our Home Preservation program started off with a bang and is continuing to change lives every day.
In addition, because so many of our low-income homeowners are seniors, HFHSLOCO has merged an aging in place program with its Home Preservation program to ensure that our senior homeowners can safety age in their homes. Our aging in place program includes assessing the homes owned by seniors for safety concerns such as trip hazards, grab bars, lighting, low level carbon monoxide detectors, and having their furnaces and other gas appliances serviced.
Among the many seniors we have assisted there is Jan, who needed her yard landscaped so that she could walk safely in it, and Joclyn whose medical and physical challenges kept her from maintaining her house inside and out. For Patti and Maxine the roofs on their homes were 30 years old and in such bad shape they were unsafe to live under. Each home has needed their furnaces’ serviced to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and low-level carbon monoxide detectors have been installed to ensure those homeowners who can only walk with difficulty can exit their homes if needed safely and with adequate time.
HFHSLOCO thanks Bank of America for its ongoing support, including its recent donation of $10,000, so that we can continue to make a critical difference in the lives of the homeowners we serve. At HFHSLOCO we believe that If one of us is vulnerable, all of us are vulnerable. No one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. Our Home Preservation program is helping to make sure that we hold true to our beliefs.
To learn more about HFHSLOCO’s home preservation program or to receive an application, please contact Erin May at 782-0687 or volunteer@https://www.www.hfhsloco.org//. For more information about Bank of America’s charitable work in San Luis Obispo County, please go to www.bankofamerica.com or its faceback page at www.facebook.com/BankofAmerica.