Patuxent Habitat for Humanity Repairs Veteran’s Home

November 8, 2012

Thanks to the Home Depot Foundation and the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s Gary Senese Memorial Veterans Repair Corps program, critical repairs will be made to return a Huntingtown house to a home for Cindy Whitehurst, a U S Army veteran.

Whitehurst is employed part-time as a nurse’s aide and has been living in her home with her adult daughter since 1999. Due to financial constraints, she has been unable to afford any critical repairs to be made to the house. Because of this program and a volunteer corps, Patuxent Habitat for Humanity will replace her roof, mitigate a serious mold problem, demolish an unsafe deck and install a new one, and add required insulation, along with a few other minor items.

These improvements will enhance the quality of life for this veteran and her family. Housing costs for families in Calvert and St. Mary’s County have risen by 30 percent, according to a February 2012 report, “The Self- Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2012,” produced by researchers at the University Of Washington School Of Social Work, in cooperation with the Maryland Community Action Partnership.

“We salute the Home Depot Foundation and the Veteran Repair Program for helping families,” said Don Parson, chairman of the board for Patuxent Habitat for Humanity. “Safe housing is a basic need of our families and this program is especially important for veterans who have sacrificed for the rest of us.”

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