Safe at Home Campaign
Seniors Safe at Home
Elderly households are among our most vulnerable. Senior citizens struggle with fixed incomes, diminishing resources, and health issues — which impair their ability to complete necessary home repairs. A typical social security income for a low-income senior is around $10,000 per year.
Seniors Safe at Home sets out to make sure that no senior citizen has to wait for a critical home repair—while preserving a senior citizen’s assets and helping them age in place. Last year, Seniors Safe at Home helped 98 senior citizens with repairs and rehabs, or 53 percent of AHIP’s clients.
Children Safe at Home
Thirty-one percent of the households AHIP helped last year were home to children under age 18. Research shows that kids who grow up in safe, physically secure homes are more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to become resilient, successful adults.
AHIP believes that no child should wake up in a house that fails them. Children Safe at Home sets out to make sure that every child in Charlottesville and Albemarle grows up in a home that is safe, secure, and healthy.
Neighbors Safe at Home
Right now, 417 Charlottesville and Albemarle households are on AHIP’s waiting list for critical home repairs. The people who call AHIP for help represent the backbone of our community. These are familiar faces of neighbors down the street or families with children who attend the same school as your children — UVa employees,retail workers, nursing aides, teacher’s aides, housekeepers, hospitality workers — who go home to no heat, no hot water, leaking roofs, crumbling floors, and plumbing and electrical hazards.
AHIP has the experience, the know-how, and the tools at the ready. With the enthusiastic and generous support of the community, our mission is to fix what’s broken.
2016 Safe at Home Campaign Raises $116,000
Last year, the partnership with Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS and BRHBA helped at least 12 families stay safe, warm, and dry in their homes and exceeded the annual campaign goal of $100,000 in donations and in-kind support by raising $116,778. With more than half of the 500 people waiting for help age 62 and older, the partners will focus efforts on AHIP’s Seniors Safe at Home program in 2017.