Home repair program coming to Prairie Township

By Amanda Ensinger
Staff Writer

A program dedicated to helping low income families and seniors in need will once again come to a local township.

At a recent Prairie Township meeting, the trustees discussed a partnership with ModCon Living, formerly called Rebuilding Together Central Ohio.

The program provides significant repairs to homes during a scheduled weekend. It provides the repairs to ensure senior citizens and low-income residents are living in a safe environment.

Since 2018, the group and the township has worked together to improve area homes. In previous years, they have worked on homes in Little Farms and Lincoln Village. This year, homes on Inah Avenue, Gladys Road, Postle Boulevard and Oxley Road would benefit from the program.

“Work will take place between May 8-9, 2020,” said Rob Peters, administrator for Prairie Township. “Work will include electrical and plumbing updates, furnaces and hot water tank replacements, fire safety and fall prevention improvements.”

In previous years, more than 500 volunteers participated during each event and invested $400,000 in contributed time, skilled labor, contributions, equipment and materials.

In order to work in the communities, ModCon Living asks the municipality to invest as well. In 2018 and 2019, Prairie Township invested $50,000, helping pay for materials and equipment. While an amount has not been decided, Peters said the township would invest again next year.

To be eligible for the program, one must be below the federal poverty guidelines.

“Last year, the average income in the neighborhood was $21,000,” said Julie Smith, executive director for ModCon Living. “When you are only making $21,000 a year, you can’t afford to fix a bathroom or drainage issues.”

ModCon Living’s goal is to sustain homes and neighborhoods by providing reliable, affordable homes repair and modification services, while serving vulnerable homeowners, according to its website.

During each project, usually around 70 homes are repaired. For residents that are not eligible for the program or do not live in the area being improved, ModCon Living has a tool library residents can take advantage of. For $40 a year, residents can rent tools from the tool library for free to do home improvements. Seniors and students who met income guidelines pay $20 a year.

For more information, visit www.modconliving.org.

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