ALTON — Greater Alton Community Development and Rebuilding Together Southwest Illinois were awarded a $12,000 grant to provide free weatherization and home safety work to homeowners of the Hunterstown neighborhood.
Rebuilding Together Southwest Illinois has been active in previous weatherization and home safety projects throughout Madison, St. Clair and Jersey counties and is an organization where hundreds of volunteers and donors come together each year to help residents improve their communities. Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing home repair and renovation services free of charge to those in need. If your business, church or group is interested in organizing a volunteer team, contact Rebuilding Together.
The grant program will focus on home weatherization and safety for homeowners in the Hunterstown area on Saturday, Sept. 19,. Eligible projects may include caulking windows, sealing doors, installing storm doors, safety modifications such as grab bars, lock sets and handrails; fire safety, including smoke detectors, CO2 detectors and fire extinguishers; water heater jackets, energy-efficient light bulbs and raking leaves.
The grant was awarded by RISE (formerly the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance), http://www.risestl.org/, in conjunction with the 2015 Community Builders Annual Awards in partnership with the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/. RISE’s mission is to work in partnership with community-based and other organizations to redevelop and strengthen neighborhoods and communities.
Greater Alton Community Development has been quietly active in the area for several years, most recently partnering with Lewis and Clark Community College’s Youthbuild Program and Habitat for Humanity on home renovation in the area, providing a donation of supplies and funds for the Grassroots Grocery effort, constructing two energy-efficient homes on Fourth Street near OSF St. Clare’s Hospital and serving as the fiscal agent for the Western Military Academy memorial project.
For information or to apply for the project, call Rebuilding Together at (618) 876-4578 or visit www.rebuildingtogether-swi.org.