April 3, 2014
A special exhibit at the annual Blue Ridge Home Builders' Home & Garden Festival will be focusing on helping senior citizens live safely.
This is the third year for the Seniors Safe at Home partnership between the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR), the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA) and the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP).
They hope to raise $50,000 toward construction on houses to help seniors stay safe in their homes.
More than 200 seniors are on AHIP's waiting list for repairs.
"We believe that everybody should be safe at home,” says AHIP Executive Director Jennifer Jacobs. “There are a lot of elderly people that come home to and wake up in houses that aren't safe for them. So the floors might be falling in, or the roof starts to leak, or the heat goes out, basic health and safety that most of us take for granted"
“From donating in-kind building materials and time to spreading the word out in the community, local builders are behind this effort to preserve the homes of our senior residents,” Troy Yancey, BRHBA president, said.
The Home & Garden Festival is being held at the Main Street Arena from April 4th through the 6th. Times for the event are; Friday 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Click on the link on the side if you would like to make a donation to Seniors Safe at Home.