HRRC seeks applicants for women's home repair program

"Home How-To" participants work together to construct a porch railing

This spring, 18 single women homeowners will have the opportunity this spring to build their knowledge of basic carpentry, electrical, and plumbing repairs. Home How-To is an intensive, six-month program designed to give women personalized instruction and hands-on practice with tools and repair techniques. The 2011 course will be the 14th offered by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), a community nonprofit organization.

Each woman who enrolls in the program will have one repair completed by the class at her house. Previous projects have ranged from replacing damaged porch flooring to reroofing a garage; from replacing a light fixture to running a new electrical circuit; and from installing a new faucet to replacing old galvanized water lines. Participants will also receive an in-home consultation with HRRC’s repair instructor to identify needed repairs and determine which ones they might reasonably tackle on their own.  

Program participants must be a female head of house, must own and occupy a home in Cleveland Heights, and must have a household income within program guidelines ($45,375 for family of one; $64,825 for family of four). In addition, applicants must be willing and able to attend at least 16 of the 25 classes that make up the course curriculum.

The 2011 Home How-To course will run from late April through early November. Most of the classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, but a few—those involving more extensive repairs—will be held on Saturdays.

Each participant pays a $40 program supply fee, as well as the cost of materials installed during the class at her home. For further information, interested applicants may call Becky Stager at 216-381-9560, or check HRRC’s website:

Becky Stager, home repair education program coordinator at HRRC since 1989, is always excited when workshop attendees use the skills they learn to improve their homes.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:37 PM, 11.16.2010