The WBRP aims to improve the quality of life in the community through housing. Many individuals feel that they are unable to begin or complete home repair projects because they need the help of others. With the help of PNC Bank, the WBRP has received grant funding for exterior home repair projects for owner-occupied properties.
These projects include:
- Window repair and glass replacement
- Exterior painting
- Porches, steps and railings
- Gutter and siding repair
- Fences and gates
- Other exterior maintenance; handicap access ramps may be considered
These projects do not include:
- Electrical work
This home restoration initiative promises a good faith effort for professional grade work. Necessary building permits will be acquired from the city of Bloomington’s PACE Department. This initiative applies to low-to-moderate income families. Homeowners will be expected to participate financially in the cost of building materials. This modest financial responsibility may range from 10% to 25% depending on the homeowner income. The homeowner will also be required to contribute 20% of total hours of duration of project with volunteer labor. For instance, if your job will require 50 person-hours to complete, your obligation would be 10 hours. You can either meet this obligation yourself or arrange for a friend or family to meet it on your behalf.
It is the goal of the WBRP to assist approximately ten homeowners throughout the first year of the program. Interested homeowners should fill out an application for their desired project as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the spring of 2013 and for subsequent years of this project. If homeowner applicants are eligible, they will move to further rounds of consideration. Homeowners should be aware that they will be expected to share the details of their financial situation. There is no fee for applying, so apply today!
Interested community members that may not qualify for this program are encouraged to consider volunteering their time for these exterior home repair projects. Helping your neighbors and working on projects people can be proud of will benefit West Bloomington.
In addition, community members should look into the Tool Library for their variety of repair needs. Workshops will be developed from commonly identified needs for community members.