project:HOMES (formerly ElderHomes) is dedicated to improving the quality of housing and living conditions for people in need in Central Virginia by making critical home repairs and improvements and building high quality, affordable homes. Our mission is “Improving lives by improving homes.” We help low-income and elderly remain in their homes and comfortably age in place. We improve accessibility and safety in the homes of the disabled and we help revitalize communities by building attractive, energy efficient, affordable homes.
The Weatherization program improves comfort and safety, reduces energy costs and utilizes innovative energy conserving techniques.
The Rehabilitation programs improve home structure and functionality by conducting critical home repairs and improvements.
The Renew Crew volunteers tackle smaller home repair projects and build wheelchair ramps and other accessibility modifications.
The Revitalization program improves neighborhoods by preserving existing homes and building new ones and setting quality standards for affordable housing for a lifetime.
The Conservation initiative promotes improving energy efficiency and lowering cost, encourages environmental responsibility and generates financial self-support.
(formerly ElderHomes) provides home repairs, accessibility modifications, and
energy conserving improvements for area residents. Over the past year,
project:HOMES improved the living conditions of more than 2,011 individual
homeowners and family members.
goals for the current year include:
The biggest challenge for project:HOMES is keeping up with the demand for service needed by a rapidly-aging population. Our typical client is age 70 with a disability that prevents them from maintaining their home. Our waiting list for home repair and accessibility improvements has grown to 1,100 households with more than 100 of them waiting for a wheelchair ramp.
Home repairs are costly. Wheelchair ramps are the most expensive part of our Renew Crew program. Many clients are in dire need of accessibility upgrades in their homes, and the Renew Crew volunteers make safety repairs and install the necessary accessibility aids including ramps. At a cost of $1,100 to $3,200 we are limited in the number of ramps we can install.
Another challenge is keeping our revenue streams diversified in the current economy. The Renew Crew volunteer program is dependent solely on private contributions. It serves homeowners who often cannot qualify for our public funded programs. Volunteers address those issues by augmenting donations with their labor.
Donations are declining, and even with new sources of funding we struggle to meet our revenue goals. We face the prospect of cutting back services while we continue to search out new sources of funding and additional skilled and unskilled volunteers to keep up with the accelerating need.
project:HOMES must increase capacity to fulfill with our growing waiting list. A lean Renew Crew staff of two full-time managers and two part-time assistants do as much as they can with the help of volunteers.
project:HOMES was founded in 1992 as ElderHomes Corporation by the Capital Area Agency on Aging (CAAA, now Senior Connections) to expand existing housing services for seniors. Today we serve low-income families, the elderly and disabled of all ages. Since inception project:HOMES has completed over 20,000 home repair projects for nearly 13,000 homeowners throughout our service area. We are the only nonprofit agency in the region that provides a full circle of housing services year round. Projects range from raking leaves and making minor home repairs to constructing new homes to Earth Craft energy standards and developing multi-family apartment communities for low-income seniors.
Within our service circle is a distinctive triangle of home repair programs that are performed by trained staff and volunteers. They include weatherizing homes for energy efficiency, performing structural home rehabilitations, and making safety repairs and accessibility improvements including wheelchair ramps with volunteers. By working together, these three programs achieve maximum benefit for clients by combining their services and leveraging their funding streams for the repairs they perform. Over the years they have leveraged over 3.9 million dollars in work to improve the quality of life for area residents so they can live safely, affordably and independently in their own homes.
In 2013, project:HOMES received the Golden Hammer Award for “Best Residential Renovation” for preservation of homes in historic communities (for seven years running, project:HOMES had been the runner up.) We received the “Special Recognition” Golden Hammer Award from the Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods for commitment to affordable housing through neighborhood revitalization, infill development and preservation in historic communities. Joe Doetzer of project:HOMES received the Richmond History Makers Award for Demonstrating Innovative Solutions through his creation of our innovative modular wheelchair ramp. project:HOMES was selected for the “Best Practices Award” in the Housing Category by the Commonwealth Council on Aging for our Modular Wheelchair Ramp Program. We received the Governor's Award as the "Best Housing Organization in the Commonwealth,” and the U.S. Department of Energy selected project:HOMES as the only nonprofit agency to win its "National Recognition Award." And, our Renew Crew volunteer program is a recipient of the “Virginia Housing Award” for the best program in the state.
The Renew Crew volunteer program provides critical home repairs and accessibility modifications, including wheelchair ramps, for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners. The program is funded by private contributions. Work is performed by volunteers from area businesses, churches and civic groups. Typical repairs include painting, caulking, repairing walls and ceilings, replacing floors, rebuilding porches, clearing overgrown yards, demolishing unsafe out buildings and curing code violations. Accessibility work includes installing wheelchair ramps, hand railings, grab bars and ADA toilets and widening doorways.
Our Home Rehabilitation program provides critically needed moderate to major rehab services and emergency home repairs to allow homeowners to age in place. We hire and supervise the work of independent contractors for major repairs that focus on a home’s infrastructure and typically feature repairing or replacing roofs, plumbing, and heating and air conditioning systems; and to address structural problems leading to health and safety hazards.
Our Weatherization & Energy Conservation program improves lives by improving comfort and safety, while reducing annual utility costs by hundreds of dollars. Trained staff conduct whole house pressure testing and use advanced insulation techniques to improve overall energy efficiency. We also conduct heating and cooling safety inspections, and repair or replace antiquated or faulty systems, apply insulation, reseal doors and windows, and replace furnaces.
Our Revitalization program improves lives by helping to revive struggling communities. We set a quality standard for new development in older neighborhoods. We preserve existing housing by renovating blighted homes, and by building architecturally appropriate, affordable and energy efficient “in-fill” single family homes. We also develop multifamily housing and senior independent living facilities.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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