Housing Partnerships, Inc. Receives $4,977 Grant to Fund Handicap Ramp Loan Program

Housing Partnerships, Inc. of Williamsburg has received a $4,977 grant from the Williamsburg Community Foundation's Community Endowment to fund the Rapid Response Ramp Loan Program. This program will enable clients to have immediate access to a handicap ramp to use while a permanent ramp is constructed at their home.

Housing Partnerships is a nonprofit organization serving the Historic Triangle Area with emergency home repairs and home modifications for accessibility. Since its formation in 1985, Housing Partnerships has completed over 2,360 home repairs involving 30,000 volunteers who have contributed over 183,000 hours of on the job construction labor.

The Williamsburg Community Foundation grant will be used to purchase two aluminum handicap ramps to be part of the Rapid Response Ramp Loan Program. This program will loan clients an aluminum ramp to use while a permanent wooden ramp is constructed at their home. The aluminum ramp will be set up at the side door or the back door of the client's home while the permanent rap is constructed at the main entrance of the home. Once the permanent ramp is constructed, the aluminum ramp will be disassembled and the aluminum ramp will be available to loan to the next client in need of a handicap ramp. This will give clients immediate access to safe mobility that is ADA compliant.

Mr. Abbitt Woodall, Housing Partnerships Executive Director, said, "This award enables us to better address the health and safety needs of our clients through immediate access to safe mobility."

The Williamsburg Community Foundation is a collection of gifts from generous local citizens, mostly invested in long-term endowment funds, that will benefit our community forever. Each fund provides grantmaking dollars for community needs. Since 1999, the Foundation has distributed $6.9 million for grants and scholarships combined. The Foundation serves as a philanthropic center with the mission of connecting people who care with causes that matter forever. Local residents can make a contribution to the Foundation's Community Endowment, and trust that their gift will be combined with others, invested wisely, and continually generate income over time that will be a source of support for local nonprofits in the long-term. The Foundation is governed by a board of trustees who are members of the Williamsburg community, and grants are made through a competitive process that responds to the changing needs of our area.

Housing Partnerships is always looking for volunteers to help us in our mission to keep our neighbors safe, warm and dry. We welcome individuals as well as groups. For more information on Housing Partnerships or how you can support its community efforts, please visit www.housingpartnerships.org or call our office at 757-221-0225.

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