Rebuilding Together Offers Support to Senior Home Owners | Local News

Jene J. Long

LEVY COUNTY — Homeownership is extremely high-priced. Seniors in certain who have houses can get confused with the repairs they need to continue to be in their possess house. Rebuilding Collectively is stepping up to assist in Levy County.

The company has noticed fantastic success in Alachua County. According to RD Bonnaghan, executive director of Rebuilding Together of North Florida (aka Rebuild), the Levy County growth is one particular of quite a few projects they have on the horizon.

In Levy County, Rebuild has acquired two grants for very specific needs. 1 is for rising capacity, which permits them to hire staff and safe place of work house in Levy. They are at this time preparing to identify their satellite business office in Bronson. The other grant will come from the United States Office Housing and Urban Improvement (HUD), and is targeted on “older-adult home modifications” and resembles an accessibility plan.

“We would evaluate the homes of more mature grownups in phrases of aging-in-place and health and fitness-and-safety from an accessibility perspective,” Bonnaghan reported. “We never, at this time, have funding to do plumbing, roofing, individuals sorts of factors, but we have a first rate chunk of funds to do perform.”

“We’re performing specifically with an occupational therapist, as aspect of the HUD demands, who will assess the households we uncover in Levy County and give suggestions,” he reported. “And simply because it is a HUD grant, we need to have to agreement with licensed and typical contractors to do all the repair operate.”

Bonnaghan is searching to connect with area typical contractors. And they are invited to mail a cover letter and resume to him at [email protected] They are scheduling to entire 35 assignments around the up coming two decades.

Bonnaghan feels strongly that for the job to be effective, it wants to be Levy County centered. Rebuild recently recruited Natalie Thomas of Miller Realty to their board. Thomas is a Levy County native and brings to the board a neighborhood perspective of what this area would like and desires. Bonnaghan has also connected with regional organizations, such as CareerSource and the Tri County Community Source Middle.

Rebuild is looking for a Rural System Manager to kick-begin their Levy County office environment. For more details, call [email protected]

“We never want to be outsiders coming into Levy County, telling you what you have to have in conditions of housing,” Bonnaghan claimed. “We genuinely want this to be a grass-roots, ground-up motion. We would love for our manager to be a Levy indigenous.”

Bonnaghan himself understands the great importance of the palms-on work that Rebuild does. He grew up in a church and family that very valued the great importance of supporting many others. In large university and college, he seeked out volunteer possibilities on his individual.

As a university senior at the College of Florida, Bonnaghan was wanting for his future techniques in life. When on a mission journey with his father in New Orleans, he located his way when he fulfilled volunteers for AmeriCorp. Bonnaghan went residence and signed up. Following a couple of decades in nationwide assistance, he returned house to Gainesville and learned Rebuilding With each other.

“People want to care for individuals that require to be cared for,” Bonnaghan mentioned. “We’re seeking to get to get the job done modifying people’s life. The money is offered. And we can commence the residence assessments as soon as we find candidates.”

Applications for older grown ups who want to use are readily available at and services. For a print duplicate of the application, call Rebuild at 352-373-2573.

For those people who want to discover extra, Rebuild will be part of the Affordable Housing Workshop on Could 19 in Bronson. In addition, Rebuild wishes to make strategic connections with people delivering other senior providers and health care companies that would assistance them discover feasible seniors who would want assistance, and they are invited to call Bonnaghan at [email protected]

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