PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A metropolis program that retains low-revenue residents of their houses is beginning to bear fruit.
With balloon in hand, metropolis officers arrived at eighty-yr-previous Elonza Robinson’s residence in Nicetown.
“It was a shock,” Robinson stated. “It was a shock that they referred to as me.”
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Robinson was one of the primary residents to profit from this system after years of backlog. For years, she struggled climbing the steps.
“I had chest pains going up the steps,” she stated.
However, final month, the town put in an AirGlide and an accessible toilet on the primary flooring. Now she’s cellular.
“If a person is in a home they usually can’t put a brand new roof on or they will’t do the plumbing then that home will ultimately turn into a vacant property,” stated Council President Darrell Clarke.
Clarke launched the invoice that’s producing $one hundred million for the town’s Housing Preservation Program, which started releasing funds in Might to pay for upwards of $15,000 in repairs, modifications and weatherization to increase the lifetime of as much as 6,000 low-revenue houses, like one on North Broad Road, the place a wall collapsed over the winter. It might have been fastened for just some thousand dollars.
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Hundreds are ready, however others can apply.
“It not solely saves them cash as a result of they don’t should get an condominium,” Clarke stated, “however it additionally retains the homes on the tax payer rolls.”
For seniors like Miss Elonza, modifications just like the Airglide and an accessible toilet equal life.
“When individuals grow old and may’t transfer, what do they do? They die,” Robinson stated. “I can transfer round.”