By Joel Scanlon
The Repair Corps Program was set in motion by the Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation. This joint venture was initiated to renovate and repair houses of U.S. veterans and their families throughout the country.
With The Home Depot Foundation’s financing of 2.7 million dollars, volunteers from Team Depot and The Home Depot’s volunteer workforce, the Repair Corps Program will provide Habitat associates with means to renovate residences of more than 180 U.S. veterans and their families. Training and technical support will be given to the repair program by Habitat for Humanity International.
Eight-four Habitat for Humanity associates in 30 states will take part in the repair program, with each receiving a grant of 15,000 dollars. Many of the associates are in localities with dense veteran population such as Charlotte, Nashville, San Diego and Norfolk.
Repair Corps was formed a year ago by means of a pilot program to repair houses for veterans including services like weather stripping, insulation and better accessibility by way of wheelchair ramps and broader entrances. Major repairs such as HVAC systems, electrical, plumbing, roofing and other structural upgrades were also performed. Some associate families committed to repaying a zero-interest loan to cover the repair expenses. This fund would be “recycled” in a revolving fund to help more families in meeting such repair costs.
The pilot stage of the Repair Corps Program, which was completed on May 31, 2012 along with 30 Habitat associates, helped 81 veterans who served in the Army between 1977 and 1988 by offering crucial home repair services.
Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation are both philanthropic organizations that help low-income families, especially veterans needing decent homes.