Community Housing Solutions’ Ramp-a-thon is an endeavor to fund and build access ramps for low-income homeowners with disabilities through our community’s generous donations of time and supplies.
Our goal is to restore homes to fully functional conditions for elderly or disabled homeowners with mobility concerns, eliminating some of the isolation that these families feel because they are unable to move in and out of their home. Our ramps improve the quality of life for people who desire to live independently as well as restore hope and dignity to the same individuals and their families.
The cost-benefits of building a ramp: The cost of a NC Medicaid Nursing Home is at minimum $30,000 per year, compared to the one-time cost of about $2,500 to build a ramp. This is a win-win solution, especially in light of our aging baby-boomer population.
Homeowners we serve: Eligible individuals are low-income homeowners who are at 50% or below the area median income for Greensboro, as defined by HUD (see home repair eligibility page for HUD income limits). Homeowners are elderly or disabled individuals on a fixed income who can’t work and need a permanent or temporary ramp to access their home safely. Our family services coordinator meets with potential homeowners, assesses their eligibility for our services, and refers them to additional local resources if applicable. Homeowners and their families collaborate with our family services coordinator and our construction leaders to address their specific needs for their home, making sure that any service we provide is the service the homeowner wants to see.
We partner with the Catholic HEART Workcamp hosted at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, who in turn provide the volunteers. More than 80 high school and college students give a week of their summer to serve building the ramps.