Clarkston Affordable Home Repair Program

Critical Home Repair Stories

David

David is a retired veteran who found himself in need of costly home repairs. After speaking with the neighbor across the street who also had repairs done, he learned about the Clarkston Affordable Home Repair Program. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity and their partnership with the City of Clarkston, David was able to improve the safety and energy efficiency of his home.

David’s house was given a new roof and gutters, all new vinyl windows, a new slider and back door, and the vinyl floor in his kitchen was replaced with laminate to match the flooring throughout the rest of his home. He said, “Habitat saved me a lot of money. I got an all new roof, new windows, and a new slider. I wasn’t planning on doing the windows, but they replaced those too. By replacing the roof now, I am able to avoid significant repairs in the coming years.”

David shared how he has already noticed a significant reduction in his power bills, and his front porch is much safer now that there is a gutter to prevent water from dripping on his stairs. He said, “This program is a great thing. I used to be able to do roofing when I was younger, but I can’t do that kind of work now.”

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Nora

One of our early projects was done for Nora. Her home required many critical repairs including roof and gutter replacement, tree trimming, and a dangerous front porch. She had a plumbing leak under her bathroom and a dangerous deck. We were able to reframe exterior doors for increased energy efficiency, add additional floor support, replace flooring and baseboards in one room, and install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in the home.

Nora told us “The ramp was a Godsend. I had fallen off of that step so many times and hurt myself. They made the ramp big enough so that it came all the way up to my door and added a handrail.”

On many of our projects, we coordinate with Community Action Partnership for other critical repairs. In this case, we were able to ensure Nora got a new gas furnace and electrical repairs that were necessary as well.

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Susan

Do you believe in angels? Well, I do believe that some of the absolute best hardworking and talented Earth Angels work for the L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity. They are real and tangible people that came to help in an answer to my prayers for a new roof and a solution to my crumbling foundation. As a widow, I wasn’t able to do the work nor afford the replacement costs on my own. I honestly had no idea of how I was going to get this huge job completed or paid for.

The L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity came in and made it all become a well-done reality. Each worker was incredible as they worked extremely hard to replace my old roof in the ridiculously sizzling summer temperatures, repair my crumbling foundation, install a floor-entry basement door with an electric winch, as well as replace some old and outdated electrical wiring. Thank you very much L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity. You are incredible human beings that came as my Earth Angels to care, to help, and to improve my quality of life to create a much safer and more comfortable home for many years ahead.

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