Actually, WARM does not work on public housing or rental property. The requirements of our program include homeownership and an income at or below 50% of the median in their county of residence. With this unique combination, most of the people who qualify are elderly, disabled, or both. They worked hard to pay for their home and are now surviving on Social Security in their “golden years.” They just need a little boost to be able to age in place instead of become a burden to their family or taxpayers in an adult living facility.
It is true that the summer mission teams receive a lot of media coverage. WARM is grateful for that as it helps increase the community’s awareness of the problem of substandard housing AND our organization’s solutions. As WARM has only 2 paid staff, we depend upon our hard-working local volunteers all year long. Unsung heroes from area churches, civic groups, and businesses help their neighbors in need all year long.
Ms. Johnson, a single mom, is physically able to help. She and her family are hard at work with the volunteers this week. This is community involvement at its best. Learn more at www.warmnc.org
Jeannie Cariker Skane, WARM Executive Director
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