By Amanda Ensinger
Prairie Township will once again partner with ModCon Living and its Rebuilding a Healthy Neighborhood program.
“This program provides significant repairs to several homes during a weekend blitz. This is the fourth year for the program,” said Rob Peters, township administrator at a recent board meeting.
According to Peters, the home improvements will take place On May 8 in the Mix Addition neighborhood of the township. The township trustees agreed to contribute $50,000 to the program this year.
Modcon Living helps low income seniors and disabled homeowners by providing significant repairs to their homes. Volunteers not only make repairs to help the homeowner, but also to revitalize the neighborhood.
Since 2018, the group has focused on improving one neighborhood in Prairie Township each year. In previous years they have worked on homes in Little Farms, Lincoln Village North and Rome Heights.
More than 500 people typically volunteer during the event and invest around $400,000 in neighborhoods in contributed time, skilled labor, in-kind contributions, equipment and materials. Typically, around 70 homes are repaired and are picked on a first-come, first-serve basis based on meeting the criteria and repairs that need to be done.
However, because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the amount of volunteers and homes improved was reduced due to regulations of group sizes. The number of homes and volunteers allowed to participate is still being determined for this year’s event.
“Work will include electrical and plumbing updates, furnaces and hot water tank replacements, fire safety and fall prevention improvements,” said Peters.
Volunteers usually consist of local employees from regional corporations and community leaders. These partnerships serve as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities and low-income, senior and disabled homeowners.
“Last year, the average income in the neighborhood (served) was $21,000 a year,” said Julie Smith, executive director of the organization. “When you are only making $21,000 a year, you cannot afford to fix a bathroom or drainage issues.”
For more information on the program, call 614-258-6392 or visit modconliving.org.