The town will partner with a non-profit organization to renovate at least eight homes in the Cloverdale subdivision.
Rebuilding Together of the Triangle is a non-profit organization that restores homes for low income families around the Triangle.
Many of the homes in the Cloverdale subdivision were built in the early ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, and its occupants have lived there since. Some of the homes have deteriorated over time.
“We think it would be a great benefit to the town and the community that otherwise cannot afford certain types of repairs in the home,” Reggie Buie, Garner neighborhood improvement director, said at the town’s work session last week.
Rebuilding Together of the Triangle is asking the town for $20,000 to help fund the restoration.
For every dollar the town allocates, the non-profit will double that amount. Rebuilding Together of the Triangle gets its funding from private donations.
“On average it takes about $5,000 to serve a family,” said Dan Sargent, executive director of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle.
Rebuilding of the Triangle repaired five homes in the Greenbrier neighborhood last year and installed a playground with Lowes and the Carter Kids foundation.
“One of the things that has been exciting as we have gone through this process is that we really see an opportunity for this to be a demonstration for a really effective way for public private and non-profit partnership to work together,” Sargent said. “And so we’re really excited for that opportunity.”
Board members seemed pleased with the opportunity.
Volunteers repair homes by doing exterior maintenance, installing new flooring, fixing windows, making homes more accessible for older residents, fixing plumbing leaks or electrical hazards, depending on the need.
Sargent said few homeowners in the Cloverdale subdivision applied for the home repair.
“We anticipate we will get at least eight to 10 more applications for Cloverdale,” he said.
Each home being repaired is owner-occupied. Applicants must have lived in their homes for more than two years.
Some of the projects have already started. Sargent said they hope to have four completed by June and hope to start four more in the fall. After that they hope to have eight in more in different areas around town completed by the next fiscal year, he said.
Sargent said he hopes to establish a long-term relationship with the town to be able to allow other residents to access the services.
“If it’s working we’d like to see it continue,” he said. “We feel like there is a steady stream of need coming to us from Garner and we’d love to collaborate to meet that.”