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NRHA Provides Grant to Pay for Home Repairs

A husband and wife in Maryland will have a safer home due to a grant from the North American Retail Hardware Association.

This month, NRHA awarded a $1,000 grant to The Fuller Center for Housing in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The funding will pay to replace or repair a disintegrating front porch on the home where an older couple lives, says Arthur Stroud, executive director for the Prince George’s County Fuller Center.

“They’re finally going to get this hazardous condition corrected that they probably wouldn’t afford otherwise,” Stroud says.

The husband and wife benefitting from the NRHA grant are senior citizens, and the man is a disabled military veteran, Stroud says. County residents can apply for help repairing their homes, and The Fuller Center assesses whether the applicants can afford to pay for a project themselves. The goal for the grant is to help senior citizens and disabled veterans, and the couple fits the criteria and shows a need, Stroud says. The Fuller Center for Housing is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide.

The Prince George’s County project will include fixing the “falling down situation” of the home’s front porch, painting part of the home’s exterior and landscaping in the yard, depending on the weather, Stroud says. Volunteers will do the work for free for the $500 project, and they will get supplies from Peoples Supply Co., a home improvement business that is a member of NRHA.The work should take about a day to complete, and will be done in February, Stroud says.

The grant is a great help to the organization, which can often stretch $1,000 to pay for two or three projects, depending on the extent of the repairs needed, he says.

The North American Retail Hardware Association is working with The Fuller Center for Housing on a home improvement industry-wide effort to provide quality and affordable housing for families.

For more information about The Fuller Center for Housing, click here.


About Kate Klein

Kate is profiles editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events and writes about retailers' unique contributions to the independent home improvement sector. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”

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