RHP receives $15,000 grant for housing repairs

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 03:33 AM

According to the latest Census figures: 

•20.5% of Rutherford County residents live below the poverty level, more than 4% higher than the state average of 16.2%. That’s more than 13,000 people;

•10% of the houses in Rutherford County have been identified as in “poor” or “not liveable” condition or have been valued at $5,000 or less.

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Rutherford Housing Partnership Inc. has received a grant of $15,000 from the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation to continue its work providing urgent home repairs for eligible homeowners.

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation is a private grant-making foundation established by the Sisters of Mercy to help organizations serving unserved or underserved populations in North and South Carolina.

Since 1996, the Foundation has awarded 1,454 grants on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community, totaling more than $65 million to organizations serving unserved or underserved populations. 

RHP has been helping low-income residents of Rutherford County since 1995.The most common projects tackled by RHP include repairing leaky roofs, broken windows and doors; installing handrails and/or handicap ramps; and replacing bathroom and kitchen flooring.

Volunteer teams provide labor, and RHP provides materials.

The Sisters of Mercy funds will specifically provide $7,500 in professional services for those RHP projects outside the scope of volunteer labor and will buy $7,500 in materials for projects completed by volunteers.

To be eligible for help from RHP, applicants must own their homes, the repairs must correct a health or safety problem, and the household income must be half of the median income in Rutherford County or lower.

To find out more about volunteering, call 828-248-3431.