Colgate prepares for Rebuilding Together
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:35

Homeowners have until Dec. 1 to apply

 by Ben Boehl

    If you are a Colgate resident, you might have noticed that your neighbors got free repairs done last April. If you wish that could have been your house, you might get a second chance.
    The group behind the home repairs is Rebuilding Together Baltimore (RTB). Every year through an application process, RTB comes into a community that needs work.     
    Fortunately for Colgate residents, RBL plans to spend two years in their community, and Bonnie Bessor, executive director of RTB, said the group is coming back again in April.
    “We really like to dig in to a neighborhood to show we are making an investment. We feel that one year is not enough,” Bessor said. “We like building new relationships, and sometimes people are hesitant to apply the first year.”
    Bessor said that now is the time for home owners to apply for the 2013 program. Even though the repairs won’t take place until April, the deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Fliers were distributed in the Colgate area last week.
    The program is open to homeowners with low incomes, people who are 60 years and older with disabilities and people with minor children living in the home.

 Bessor said that 20 homes were selected last year and she expects about the same number to be selected again.
    “Sometimes we do have to turn people away if their repairs are beyond [fixing],” Bessor added.
    Repairs are done by volunteers and the corporate community usually adopts a house each year. Any homeowner in Colgate who meets the application requirements is eligible. Selection is not based on a popular location in the area.
    “It can be all over the neighborhood. Sometimes we are doing one house on a block or we are doing a single block [with multiple houses],”  Bessor said.