Low-income homes repaired for free in Petersburg


PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - We have an update on renovations to several low-income homes in Petersburg.

We first told you about the non-profit, Rebuilding Together Petersburg, last month. We met with the group when it started fixing up homes in the Battersea community, for free. Now, the projects are complete. We went back to the homes for a first hand look at the finished product.

The transformations are quite amazing. At one home on Hinton Street the floor was rotted out and the roof leaked. Now that's no longer a problem.

Calvin Barner lives at the home.

Calvin Barner: "Me, my cousin, all of us -- we were embarrassed to bring people around."
Nicole Bell: "Because of the way it looked before?"
Calvin Barner: "Yes."
Nicole Bell: "What about now?"
Calvin Barner: "They can come over now."

To appreciate the new look of Barner's home you must know what it looked like a few weeks ago. The roof wasn't secure, the windows were weak and the back porch was falling apart.

"I even messed up leg. Here's the knot from when I fell through the porch," said Barner.

He is grateful for Rebuilding Together Petersburg. Last month the organization began revitalizing Barner's and seven other low income homes in Petersburg, at no cost.

"For us it's all about making sure our homeowners are safe and healthy in their home," said Barbara Mait, Executive Director for Rebuilding Together Petersburg.

The owner of  another home got a new ramp, 16 new windows, new columns and siding.

Barner and other recipients say without the help of Rebuilding Together Petersburg -- they would not have been able to repair their homes.

The organization is now accepting applications to make improvements on homes for next year. For more information call  (804) 861-8686.

To qualify for the program you must own and live in your home. You must also be low-income.

Material for all of the work was donated along with labor.

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