Community Housing Solutions (CHS) provides home repairs to qualifying families who are owner-occupants of Guilford County homes and are below specific income levels. The scope of repairs may include but are not limited to: [...]
Operation Inasmuch 2017: Highland Mills
On Saturday, May 6, 2017, Community Housing Solutions partnered with the City of High Point for Operation Inasmuch. Volunteers, homeowners … Read More
Moving back home
Lucille Martin, born on Christmas Day, 1927, gets to come back home this week. She will be able to get … Read More
Rebuilding Homes: 2017 Ambassadors Breakfast Video
Operation Inasmuch 2017: Highland Mills
On Saturday, May 6, 2017, Community Housing Solutions partnered with the City of High Point for Operation Inasmuch. Volunteers, homeowners and staff came together in the Highland Mills neighborhood and used their time and talents to give back to the community. https://vimeo.com/223794402
More Than Bricks ‘n’ Mortar Summer 2016
Moving back home
Lucille Martin, born on Christmas Day, 1927, gets to come back home this week. She will be able to get in and out of her front door in her wheelchair. She will be able to go into her only bathroom. Her water heater will be on level, sound flooring in her kitchen. Her toilet won’t fall through the floor.
And she will be able to breathe a sigh of relief.
Lucille’s tiny home on East Florida Street was barely livable when the Westover Church group arrived to get started three weeks ago. The water heater, setting in the kitchen, had sunk almost five inches below the rest of the room. The floor joists, subfloor, and well, pretty much everything supporting a large area of the kitchen floor, was powder when Westover volunteers started tearing it out. In the bathroom, they removed the shaky toilet to reveal more rotten flooring and supporting structures. The bathroom door was too narrow for a wheelchair, and there was a partial wall jutting out between the toilet and the bathroom door, making it inaccessible for Lucille. The front porch was a barrier to the outside that Lucille could not cross.
The Westover team went to work! They repaired the kitchen floor and everything supporting it, laying shiny new linoleum. They tore out and replaced the bathroom floor, the partial wall that kept Lucille from getting to her toilet, and enlarged the door for wheelchair access. They built a brand new ramp over Lucille’s front porch.
Then, whoosh! The next week, a group of architectural engineering students from NC A&T came to put on the finishing touches. They spent their day, cutting and installing wood trim and quarter round, painting, loading and gathering up construction debris – making sure Lucille’s home will be inviting when she arrives home. They laughed and joked, talking about how much they were learning that day. One of this delightful group of young people seeking and getting experience in construction, Madison Davis said, “We’re architectural engineering students. This is what we get excited about!”
And that’s not all they learned.
The learned how it feels to help a woman of a different generation, someone they did not even have the chance to meet. They learned about living in community.
CHS’ team is grateful to the NC A&T Architectural Engineering team, Benjamin Johnson, Todd Gaines, Shyree Anderson, Tierdra Rembert, Jasmine Ellis, Tyler White, Rakeem Staggers, and Madison Davis, as well as the Westover Church team, who wish to remain anonymous. We are grateful, and so is Lucille.
– by Amy Murphy, CHS’ Community Engagement Coordinator
Paint the Town 2016 the Largest One Ever!
110 GALLONS OF PAINT AND 200 CUPCAKES
Confined to a wheelchair. A single mom struggling to care for three kids and her mom. An elderly, disabled homeowner with a disabled son. Just a few of the homeowners whose homes are being repaired and painted as part of Community Housing Solutions’ sixth annual Paint the Town event.
This year’s Paint the Town was the largest ever, with 160 volunteers painting 13 homes in the Glenwood neighborhood, 8 of them in a single day. Volunteers gathered Saturday morning at Grace Community Church to begin the day with a meal together. During breakfast, Patricia Wisneski, President of the Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association, spoke to them, “You just don’t know how much this means to people in this neighborhood, and how hard they work to encourage homeownership.” Ms. Wisneski choked up as she continued, “These homes that you’re painting – it will make a tremendous difference in the life of this entire community.”
The Glenwood neighborhood was identified as having a high rate of distressed properties, and selected for the 2016 painting and repair blitz. Glenwood families who lack financial resources and the physical ability to paint and repair their own homes were identified by Community Housing Solutions’ staff.
Teams of volunteers ranged from corporate groups to faith communities to students. Sponsors and groups included: Sherwin Williams, Bank of America, Carolina Bank, Lincoln Financial Group, United Guaranty, United Healthcare, ITG Brands, Wells Fargo, Guilford College, First Friends Quaker Meeting, Grace Community Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Westover Church, First Baptist Church, First Lutheran Church, “Fitness, Faith and Fellowship,” Biscuitville, the Central Carolina Cake Club, and Crawford’s Creations.
Members of the Central Carolina Cake Club donated 200 cupcakes for volunteers’ snacks and 10 full-size cakes for homeowners. While their homes were being painted, the cakes were presented to delighted homeowners by volunteers with kind words and big smiles.
What is community? This week, it began with 110 gallons of paint and 200 cupcakes, bringing together 13 homeowners in need and 160 willing hearts.
Ambassador’s Breakfast 2016The 4th annual Ambassador’s Breakfast, held on November 16th, 2016, at The Empire Room in downtown Greensboro embodied this year’s theme, “Restoring Hope.” Guests watched the video by the same title, hearts swelling, knowing some of the folks in the room were volunteers and some recipients of their good will. All enjoyed a delicious breakfast that morning – as one community.
Operation Inasmuch Spring 2016
On the day he got his life back, Ronnie Davis’ mother wasn’t at home. Ronnie said, “Mama took a fall, and she’s been over at the rehab place. But she’s working on getting out of there! She wants to come back home and see all the stuff y’all have done!”
On May 14th, eleven homeowners in a half mile area in High Point’s Southside neighborhood received much-needed help. Operation Inasmuch, a new partnership between the City of High Point, Housing Consultants Group, and Community Housing Solutions, orchestrated the one day neighborhood home repair blitz. With months of pre-event logistical planning, repairs ranged from replacing the rotted floor under a kitchen sink to removing a dead tree leaning on a homeowner’s porch. 150 volunteers from
eight churches and businesses gathered at the Southside Recreation Center early on Saturday morning, creating teams of construction crews and helpers. They spent the day working together, their work supervised by Community Housing Solution’s construction experts.
Ronnie Davis is one
of the homeowners who experienced the convergence of help on that Saturday. By 8 o’clock in the morning, Ronnie’s yard and home were filled with volunteers from Parkwood Home Inspections, eager to help. Due to chronic health issues, Ronnie needs a walker to get around. Not having a functional sink in the kitchen and cooking in the backyard on an old grill have been a challenge. He and his mom have been washing dishes in the bathtub.
Some jobs, such as replacing unstable steps that were pulling away from another home’s foundation, were completed during the one-day home repair blitz. It will take several weeks for Community Housing Solutions crews to complete more major repairs, including a brand-new kitchen for Ronnie and his mom.
That day, while volunteer crews removed the floor from the kitchen, where a major plumbing leak had caused it to rot completely through, Ronnie spent the day showing other volunteers things in his back yard that he had been hanging on to –but now felt he could let go of. Old pots and pans, dishes, plant pots, and other items held pungent, stagnant water, creating a major mosquito problem. Ronnie was delighted to get some help, to “keep my Mama from getting that old Zika virus.” As several truckloads of items were removed from his yard, Ronnie slowly got around with his walker, a big grin on his face. Late that afternoon, Ronnie looked up at the group of volunteers, saying only six words, “You gave me my life back.” For this homeowner and his mom, that just about says it all.
If you or your group would like to be part of the solution, rebuilding homes abd restoring hope throughout Guilford County, please contact Community Housing Solutions at 336.676.6986 or visit www.CHSHousing.org. #restoringhope
The eighth annual Ramp-a-thon, which took place June 13th – 17th, can most aptly be described using one word: IMPACT. Nine families, scattered across Guilford County from Gibsonville to Jamestown, received new accessibility ramps during the 4-day building blitz. A grandfather who had been carrying his nine year-old granddaughter and her wheelchair up and down the stairs every day to go to school. A woman whose husband is paraplegic struggled to get him up and down the
front steps. A mother whose son had not been able to leave their home in over two years – except by ambulance. All of these families – and more – have new ramps to make life a whole lot easier, thanks to the collaboration of the 2016 Catholic Heart Work Camp students and Community Housing Solutions. The mostly high-school age Catholic Heart Work Campers chose to spend their vacations building ramps for families who need them, and having an IMPACT this year. “Thank you” is not enough to say to these young people with gigantic hearts.
Heating Repair Assistance
Too many Guilford County homeowners are without heat this winter and we want to help provide SOLUTIONS!
Area low income homeowners who are living without heat or with a faulty heating system can contact Lynda Hunter Hopkins at 336-553-9698 for an eligibility assessment.
2015 Ambassadors Breakfast
Thank you to everyone who attended Community Housing Solutions Ambassadors Breakfast! Every year, CHS holds a breakfast to celebrate our work and the community that comes together to make it happen. Our Ambassadors Breakfast is a unique moment, where homeowners, volunteers, CHS Staff and Board members, and community supporters all come together to celebrate work well done, and look forward to what is to come!
Please enjoy our pictures of the event on our Facebook page.
Paint the Town 2015
Between Wednesday, September 16th and Saturday, September 19th, more than 140 volunteers carried out the 2015 Paint the Town event at ten homes in the Woodmere Park neighborhood. Paint the Town is an initiative, led by Community Housing Solutions, which assisted a veteran, an elderly widow, a disabled man, and a retired Cone Mills employee this year, amongst other recipients. Each house sponsor provided funding and volunteers to complete these projects for homeowners that may have been physically or financially unable to provide the repairs themselves. All paint and necessary supplies were donated for this year’s event by Sherwin-Williams Paint.
Sponsoring organization for this year’s Paint the Town event were: Bank of America, United Guaranty, Lincoln Financial Group, First Baptist Church, United Healthcare, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Wells Fargo, ITG Brands, and Carolina Bank.
For more photos of the 2015 Paint the Town event, check out our Facebook page, here.