The Town Council here wants to donate $20,000 to a nonprofit that specializes in renovating homes for those with lower income and people who are disabled.
The donation to Rebuilding Together of the Triangle will help neighborhoods throughout Garner.
The non-profit usually matches the town’s donation two to one. So with the $20,000 they are asking for from the town, Rebuilding Together of the Triangle would raise an additional $40,000.
The town will, however, have to find the money somewhere.
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“I imagine it will come out of some reserve fund,” interim Town Manager Rodney Dickerson said. “I’ll have to talk with the interim finance director.”
Last year, the town gave Rebuilding Together of the Triangle $20,000 to help repair eight homes in Garner. Six were in the Cloverdale community, while two were in other parts of town. Rebuilding Together of the Triangle provides home repairs, accessibility modifications, and health and safety upgrades for homeowners who are elderly, disabled or both. Most of the homes are older model homes or owned by families with low income, who cannot afford repairs.
The repairs consisted of leaky roofs, broken windows, broken HVAC units, gutters, painting, landscaping and building ramps for the disabled.
RTT asked the Town Council at its work session Tuesday to consider increasing it to $30,000.
This time they want to repair 12 homes in different communities throughout Garner during the 2016-17 fiscal year. The hope is that they can serve eight families by October of this year and 12 by June 2017.
Each home being repaired is owner-occupied. Applicants must have lived in their homes for more than two years.
In August, nearly 100 volunteers from AmeriCorps, repaired homes in Cloverdale. They painted the home of a woman named Betty Thomas, who had lived there for 34 years. Her biggest problem was water drainage that ran beneath her home whenever it rained. It was a problem for 15 years.
But the volunteers were able to fix it.
The Green Brier neighborhood has also seen homes repaired in the past.
Town Council members said they would plan to donate $30,000 in the 2016-17 budget cycle.
Council member Ken Marshburn said he’d like to see the town council increase that amount to $40,000 in the near future.
“I think it’s good and worthwhile,” Marshburn said. “I’m impressed with the information they submit to us. I think any town needs to be concerned about areas and neighborhoods that need some help with their housing and they seem to really be filling a need to help some of our citizens who are struggling to keep their housing up to a certain standard.”
The organization plans to work in Garner at least through 2017.