While you might not see it on television, the makeover this house will get is pretty extreme.
In the hopes of giving someone a home who might not otherwise be able to afford it, the Housing Authority of Bowling Green (Ky.) has purchased a house with the help of Community Development Block Grant funds. It’s in the process of getting an extensive renovation. Volunteers helped to tear down all the drywall, carpeting and ceilings inside the house. All the fixtures, like countertops and sinks, are gone too.
The outside of the house is getting an overhaul as well. The plan is to install new vinyl, landscaping and a porch. In fact, the only parts that will not be demolished are the original foundation and frame.
The effort has also brought community members together. Employees of Independence Bank, a community-focused bank who has supported Habitat for Humanity in the past, joined Fiji, the Western Kentucky University chapter of Phi Gamma Delta, to help the housing authority tear down much of the house. In addition, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College will pitch in to install the electrical wiring plus heating and cooling in the home.
“The bank has several skilled people,” says Abraham Williams, executive director of the Housing Authority of Bowling Green. “They will do all the painting on the inside of the house.”
They’ll continue to be a part of the project through the rebuilding and renovation process. Williams also says that the local Chick-Fil-A even offered their support, supplying the fraternity members with lunch while they worked on the house.
“It’s a real community effort,” Williams says.
This isn’t the first extreme home makeover for the Housing Authority of Bowling Green. Previously, the university was looking to expand, and had a house they were going to tear down. The housing authority got the chance to buy the house and move it for a reduced price. Williams says they were able to give the home to a woman in the Section 8 homeownership program who was blind and hard of hearing. Now she shares it with her teenage son.
The Housing Authority of Bowling Green is in the process of selecting the lucky recipient of the renovated home. It hopes to complete the project and hand over the keys in July.