Making home accessible
In December 2021 Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and Madison County Habitat for Humanity joined forces so more families will be served with life-changing homeownership and home repair programs in the coming years.
This April, Habitat’s Home Repair team tackled their first ever project in Madison County for Thomas, client in need of a stable, safe porch. The home was built in 1856 and added onto in the early 1900s- perhaps the oldest home we’ve ever worked on!
The whole crew- Sara, Ben, Brandon, Cherish, and Matt- spent time working on Thomas’s porch and were even joined by a few volunteers.
Prior to Habitat coming in, Community Action Opportunities helped make some necessary upgrades to Thomas’s home. They installed floor insulation and a vapor barrier, in addition to two new heat pumps in Thomas’s upstairs and downstairs. With insulated floors and new heat pumps, Thomas can stay warm during the cold winter months.
Community Action Opportunities’ Weatherization program makes critical home improvements that result in safer and more energy-efficient homes for people with limited resources.
Since buying the home 10 years ago, Thomas has become wheel chair bound and in need of professional in-home care. He loves the “new” porch and can enjoy rolling out onto the safer porch boards that were installed as part of the repair work.
Do you know someone who is in need of critical home repairs? Check out our Home Repair program to learn more about eligibility.