A program that repairs homes so that low-income people can age in place has been welcomed to another city in western Massachusetts.
George Kane, an elderly disabled veteran, watched from a wheelchair on his front porch as a half-dozen volunteers with saws and pruning shears cut down overgrown branches, shrubs, and bushes that had engulfed on all sides the home in Chicopee where he has lived for almost 30 years.
“Tremendous job,” said Kane.
The yardwork is a prelude to extensive repairs that will be done later to the house including replacing the roof. The goal of the rehabilitation work is to make it safe and affordable for Kane to stay in his own home for as long as his health allows.
“I like it here,” said Kane. “I dont’t want to go into the (nursing) home…terrible.”
This is the first project in Chicopee organized by Revitalize Community Development Corporation.