Home Repair Programs for Seniors and Veterans in Rural TN - Rozann Downing

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Community Action Network's Rozann Downing details their home repair program for seniors and veterans. Presentation from the Housing Assistance Councils symposium "Housing Seniors & Veterans in Rural …

Community Action Network's Rozann Downing details their home repair program for seniors and veterans. Presentation from the Housing Assistance Councils symposium "Housing Seniors & Veterans in Rural America: Preservation, Development and Services" in Council Bluffs, IA on August 28-29, 2013

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  • 1. Community Action Network, Inc. (CAN) Rozann Downing
  • 2. THE VISION To create and expand affordable, safe, permanent and quality housing options for Rural West & Rural Middle Tennessee. • Specifically meeting the needs of Veterans, Military Families, & Seniors THE MISSION To promote rural development by producing affordable housing and increasing the skill and employability of participants through hands on training.
  • 3. •Promoting Affordable Housing for 8 years •Providing a full array Housing Services
  • 4. CAN’s Service Area
  • 5. CAN’s Housing Services (2009): • Homeownership (80%) • Homeowner Repair (10%) • Housing Counseling (5%) • Rental Homes (5%)
  • 6. Meeting our Community Needs • Assess the Needs in our Community for Veterans & Seniors • Attend & Set-up at all Community Outreach Programs • Collaborate with Service Providers in our Community
  • 7. CAN’s Housing Services (2013): • Homeownership (30%) • Homeowner Repair (40%) • Housing Counseling (10%) • Rental Homes (20%)
  • 8. 1. Home Depot Foundation 2. Rural Development-HPG 3. Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati- Accessibility Repair 4. Home Depot Donations-Framing for Hope 5. Rural Development-504 Loan Program 6. HAC-Senior Housing & Veteran Housing Initiative 7. Center for Independent Living Part B Funding 8. Veteran Administration Homeowner Repair Funding
  • 9. Rental Homes • THDA-HOME • THDA-Housing Trust Fund • THDA-NSP • Community Development Block Grant • Rental Assistance-HUD-SHP & VA-SSFV
  • 10. CAN’s Strategies  Solicit Board Members that are Veterans & Military Families and/or Seniors Apply for Grants for Homeowner Repair targeting veterans & Seniors and Rental Homes Hire Unemployed Veterans Collaborate with Other Service Providers
  • 11. CAN’s Employees • CAN, Inc. has 6 Employees, 4 of the Employees are on the Construction Crew • 2 CAN Employees are veterans that had been unemployed • CAN is a Licensed Contractor • Evaluation and Cost Effectiveness of Employees versus Subcontracting Home Repair and Home Modification
  • 12. Partnering with Other Agencies: • Office on Aging and Disability • Damascus Road Homeless Shelter • USDA Rural Development • TARP Center for Independent Living • American Legion/VFW • West TN Continuum of Care TN Homeless Solutions
  • 13. Home Depot Foundation & Framing for Hope
  • 14. We can change the current housing situation for Veterans and Seniors- through intention, strategy, collaboration and community!