Louisville Magazine

MAR 2019

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112 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.19 Repair Affair Builds West End Pride Delores Moss, 81, has lived in her home off Algonquin Parkway in Louisville's West End for more than 20 years. Some time ago, a septic tank was removed from the property, leaving a large hole that grew bigger by the year. "We were getting concerned about damage underneath," Carol Moss says about her mother's house, which is more than 50 years old. Fortunately, the Mosses knew about a local program that sends volunteers to repair homes, ensuring safety and security for older, low-income homeowners. Repair Affair, a program of New Directions Housing Corp., has been deploying repair teams from local businesses and religious and civic organizations for 26 years, says George Sanders, New Directions director of home ownership preservation. Founded in 1969, New Directions develops and maintains affordable housing in partnership with the community through property management, real estate development, resident services and Repair Affair's focus: home preservation. Based on applications from homeowners, about 1,800 Repair Affair volunteers worked on more than 200 homes in 2018 alone, doing exterior painting, yardwork, plumbing and other minor repairs, as well as adding accessibility improvements like handrails and wheelchair ramps. Repair Affair materials are provided through the generosity of numerous donors, such as the newest partner, Michelin North America. Sanders says a typical recipient is African-American, female, over age 65, with an income of about $13,000 a year and challenged with disability and other hardships. He describes one home where volunteers arrived to repair a rotting deck, only to find that the entire rear wall of the house was in danger of collapse. The wall was replaced, and the homeowner was able to remain in the house. And there's a bonus for the community, he says: "By improving the condition on a blockā€¦others will start to make some changes and enhancements" to neighboring homes At the Moss home, a Repair Affair team took care of the septic-tank hole and also painted the exterior and removed weeds. The volunteer team also installed an outdoor handrail, which allows Moss to come and go with confidence. Carol Moss says her mother would not have been able to afford the repairs, which have enhanced both the home's value and her mother's pride. To learn more about Repair Affair, go to repairaffair.org. SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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