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Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg To Help 15 Local Homeowners with Repairs, Improving Health and Safety Outcomes

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg will help 15 homeowners in the Newmarket section of Newport News make much-needed repairs that will improve home safety and health outcomes for their residents.

The Joint City Home Repair Blitz scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, serves low-income, elderly, veteran and disabled homeowners who have struggled to maintain the exterior of their homes.

The event is sponsored by Lowe’s; the City of Hampton; the City of Newport News; and United Way.

“By having these overdue repairs completed, the selected residents will be able to remain and live safely in their own homes.,” said Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. “Our sponsors, Team Leaders and volunteers look forward to coming together for a full day of community service.”

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m., and continue until mid-afternoon. Volunteers are still needed and no experience is necessary to volunteer. However, anyone skilled in carpentry and general construction will be a great asset for the day. Interested volunteers should contact Mimi Mitchell, Community & Faith Engagement Director at Habitat, at 757-913-5652 or mimi@habitatpgw.org.

In the event of rain, the Joint City Home Repair Blitz will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1. Newmarket Creek is on the city line between Newport News and Hampton.

All repair work will be performed free or at minimal cost by volunteers. Materials are provided through community donations and United Way grants. Home repairs will include:

  • Exterior carpentry (replacing hand rails, porches, stairs, ramps, etc.)
  • House painting siding repairs
  • Minor repairs to steps, gutters, fencing
  • Safety-related improvements
  • Removal of yard debris and cleanup.

Access to quality, affordable home repair and modification services continues to be out of reach for low- to moderate-income households across the nation. Since 2010, more than 350 homes in Hampton Roads have been improved through Habitat’s Home Repair Blitz program. Neighborhoods are selected by the individual cities and localities.

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