Free Home Repairs For Senior Citizens

December 27, 1990

George Shehan, president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland, and Rosalie S. Abrams, director of the Maryland Office on Aging, are teaming up to present "Senior Housepitality" -- a project designed to provide home repair services to low-income senior citizens in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

The official kickoff for Senior Housepitality got under way at the 71st annual banquet of HBAM on Nov. 30 at Stouffer Harborplace Hotel. At that time, HBAM members were asked to volunteer their time, talent, materials and expertise to make needed improvements on homes owned by senior citizens. These improvements will be made at no cost to eligible homeowners. Once all the volunteers have been secured, the process of matching the workers to the appropriate tasks will begin.

The actual repairs will be performed during a nine-day period in September 1991. The work will focus on improvements involving safety and security measures, energy conservation, and interior and exterior maintenance work.

The Senior Housepitality improvements will be available to income-eligible senior homeowners who live in Baltimore city, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford and Howard counties. All homeowners selected to participate in this program will be identified through the Maryland Office on Aging.

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