No one plans to have a crisis.  The more fortunate in our society have steady incomes, some savings and a support structure during challenging times.  However, many of our most vulnerable citizens lack a safety net to help them during critical times. BRHFH has found deferred home maintenance to be a key barrier to financial stability. Deferred maintenance is the practice of postponing maintenance activities such as repairs on private property (i.e. housing) to pay for other necessities.  Homeowners may be ignoring a minor problem year after year in order to invest in another basic need such as healthcare, but by deferring maintenance, they risk being drawn into a financial black hole. For example, a neglected leaky roof can create major costly repairs if left unresolved.

49% of all seniors living in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke County can be classified as asset limited, income constrained, employed (ALICE) households. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a household as “housing cost-burdened” if they pay 30% or more of their income on housing costs. On average, 20% of elderly homeowners in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke are cost-burdened, meaning one-fifth of homeowners in our region are mature individuals who are spending more than 30% of their fixed income on housing.

Some of these elderly and/or disabled homeowners live in "fixer-uppers" that over the years have needed increasing maintenance. Many of these owners do not have the expertise, ability, money, or the support networks to make small repairs, let alone major ones.  After the closure of Help with Housing in April 2016, Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick-Clarke (as we were then known) expanded into Clarke County in April 2017 with the goal of initiating a home repair program. Our primary goal was to offer repair product services to low-income families.  Even though home repair services are critical to the health and well-being of underserved citizens, few local resources exist. We have successfully run the repair program in Clarke County for two years.  With the help of the United Way Impact Grant last year, we were able to develop a similar program to serve Winchester and Frederick County residents.  

Our vision for to continue to support the critical home repair program in our service area.  As always, this program would be open to any owner-occupied home in the area at or below the 60% area median income.  Habitat is focusing on supporting multiple families with critical home repair, preservation, and weatherization. Our priority will be supporting aging-in-place families. Aging adults not only struggle with deferred maintenance issues, but also struggle with mobility and accessibility issues.  We would like to see our funding increase by an additional $15,000 from last year so that we can expand our services.


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Repair Campaign for Winchester, Frederick County and Clarke County

by Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity


No one plans to have a crisis.  The more fortunate in our society have steady incomes, some savings and a support structure during challenging times.  However, many of our most vulnerable citizens lack a safety net to help them during critical times. BRHFH has found deferred home maintenance to be a key barrier to financial stability. Deferred maintenance is the practice of postponing maintenance activities such as repairs on private property (i.e. housing) to pay for other necessities.  Homeowners may be ignoring a minor problem year after year in order to invest in another basic need such as healthcare, but by deferring maintenance, they risk being drawn into a financial black hole. For example, a neglected leaky roof can create major costly repairs if left unresolved.

49% of all seniors living in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke County can be classified as asset limited, income constrained, employed (ALICE) households. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a household as “housing cost-burdened” if they pay 30% or more of their income on housing costs. On average, 20% of elderly homeowners in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke are cost-burdened, meaning one-fifth of homeowners in our region are mature individuals who are spending more than 30% of their fixed income on housing.

Some of these elderly and/or disabled homeowners live in "fixer-uppers" that over the years have needed increasing maintenance. Many of these owners do not have the expertise, ability, money, or the support networks to make small repairs, let alone major ones.  After the closure of Help with Housing in April 2016, Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick-Clarke (as we were then known) expanded into Clarke County in April 2017 with the goal of initiating a home repair program. Our primary goal was to offer repair product services to low-income families.  Even though home repair services are critical to the health and well-being of underserved citizens, few local resources exist. We have successfully run the repair program in Clarke County for two years.  With the help of the United Way Impact Grant last year, we were able to develop a similar program to serve Winchester and Frederick County residents.  

Our vision for to continue to support the critical home repair program in our service area.  As always, this program would be open to any owner-occupied home in the area at or below the 60% area median income.  Habitat is focusing on supporting multiple families with critical home repair, preservation, and weatherization. Our priority will be supporting aging-in-place families. Aging adults not only struggle with deferred maintenance issues, but also struggle with mobility and accessibility issues.  We would like to see our funding increase by an additional $15,000 from last year so that we can expand our services.