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Home Remedy: ARC Grants Help Older Adults Modify Houses and Age in Place

Mamie and Star Lee Rogers

By Aixa Pascual

Last year, Mamie Rogers and her husband, Star Lee, patched their leaky roof. The leak wouldn’t stop, and they had to add fresh patches earlier this year. Even then, water continued to seep through the roof of their southwest Atlanta home. The retired couple couldn’t afford a new roof, which they estimated would cost about $7,000.

The pandemic, unexpectedly, provided a permanent fix for Mamie and Star Lee. This past year, COVID-19 federal relief funds went to provide a range of services for home-bound older adults. This freed up monies for Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), metro Atlanta’s Area Agency on Aging, to provide one-time funding for home repairs to allow older adults to age in place.

So this spring, Mamie and Star Lee, a Navy veteran, were able to replace their roof, which was 18 years old. Thanks to an ARC grant given to Meals on Wheels Atlanta that funds home modifications for adults age 60 and over, their house got a new roof. Read on, at What’s Next ATL.

 

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