Monday May 3, 2004
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
A fresh coat of paint, a door and windows that need to be repaired -- those are the jobs that Christy Mattingly needs completed on her home.
Mattingly, who is disabled, has lived there for nine years. She is one of more than one hundred families who will be helped during Repair Affair in June.
And this year, the Louisville Metro Council will be lending a hand.
Five Louisville Metro Council Members are organizing teams of volunteers for this year’s Repair Affair, which will be held June 12. Ken Fleming, R-7; Kevin Kramer, R-11; Rick Blackwell, D-12; Robin Engel, R-22; and Ellen Call, R-26 will have teams in their districts.
Fleming sent out an email to council members earlier last month to encourage them to form volunteer teams in their district.
“There are many needs in our community,” Fleming said. “Being part of this effort is crucial for maintaining a high quality of life. Keeping neighborhoods stable and homes in good condition is paramount in District 7 and the entire community.”
Mattingly lives in his district. Along with Stuart Monohan, assistant chief with the St. Matthews Fire Department, Fleming will go to Mattingly’s house at 1:30 p.m. Friday to assess what repairs are needed.
“When they called me, I just burst into tears – I was so happy,” Mattingly said. “I don’t know what I would do without this help. I felt desperate.”
The Repair Affair is an event held every June and sponsored by New Directions Housing Corporation. The program assists people who own their own home, are at least 60 years old or certified as disabled, and qualify as low income.
“We want to do what we can to help people stay in their homes,” Engel said. “People work hard all their lives to fulfill the dream of homeownership. We don’t want that dream taken away just because people have difficulty maintaining their property.
“This volunteer program is a great example of how our community comes together to help each other.”
More than 1,000 volunteers make priority repairs to at least 100 homes every year. Repairs do not include redecorating or remodeling, but do include installing ramps, rails and grab bars to make the home accessible to people with disabilities, or repairing deteriorating conditions.
“A home that’s maintained does more than just increase the value of the property,” Blackwell said. “It deters crime and invites neighbors to spend more time outside getting to know each other. The entire community benefits from this program.”
Repair Affair is looking for teams of volunteers to perform the repairs. Teams consist of approximately 10 members, and homes are matched to teams according to their skill level. Volunteers stress safety, security, accessibility, maintenance and weatherization.
The deadline to organize a team is May 31. There is no deadline for individual volunteers to sign up. Call New Directions Corporation at 589-2272, extension 3002, for more information.
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Ellen Call (R) 26
Robin Engel (R) 22
Kenneth C. Fleming (R) 7
Kevin Kramer (R) 11