Norman Cornelius of the Bell-Whitely Community Action Agency, who is coordinator for the Repair Affair, said Friday that applications will continue to be taken through this month for the event, which will take place Saturday, April 28.
Cornelius and the rest of the Repair Affair Committee - which also includes co-coordinator Craig Brock, also of Bell-Whitley CAA; client referral chairman Bennie Grace of the Bell County Health Department; fundraising chairman Alex Cook of Home Federal Bank; materials co-chairmen Calvin Capps of Vaughn and Melton Engineering and Steve Partin of 84 Lumber Company; publicity chairwoman Pat Fulton of First State Financial and volunteers chairwoman Jane Melton of Action Realty - met Friday in Middlesboro to discuss planning for the event, which assists qualified applicants in making repairs and improvements to their homes.
To qualify, an applicant must be at least 60 years of age or disabled and have income meets U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME program income limits. Repairs must be within the skill level of volunteers and dollars available for materials.
No repeat applicants will be approved unless a medical or major safety issue is involved. This will be at the discretion of Repair Affair committee members.
Applicants cannot be an immediate family member of Bell-Whitley CAA employees or Repair Affair committee members.
“In the past, we've had between 250 and 300 volunteers,” Cornelius said, but noted that the more volunteers there are, the more funds are needed.
“All donations for the Repair Affair go strictly to the home repairs,” Cornelius said. “Nothing for food or anything else.”
Last year, 16 homes were repaired, but the goal of each event is more - more applications approved, more volunteers, and more donations raised.
After applications are cut off at the end of this month, committee members will spend most of April visiting homes for assessment. Factors for assessment include: