UC Review: Walnut Hill homes to receive makeovers

UC Review: Walnut Hill homes to receive makeovers

In the span of a single day, five Walnut Hill homes will undergo essential renovations on Saturday, October 10th. That’s when Rebuilding Together in partnership with the Enterprise Center and approximately 150 volunteers from Cricket and the Wharton School of business will descend with toolboxes and good intentions on the 4900 and 5000 blocks of Chancellor St.

"Most of the homes are over seventy years old," explained Carrie Rathmann, the Executive Director of Rebuilding Philadelphia Together- a local non-profit that focuses on connecting volunteers to homeowners in need to keep their homes warm, safe and dry- of the deterioration inflicted upon the homes slated for repairs. Saturday’s repairs, continued Rathmann, will include, "window replacement, dry wall replacement, plumbing, electrical work, repainting, caulking, basement clean-outs and alley cleanups."

Most of the homes involved, "have already had work done to prepare for the other repairs," explained Rathmann, adding that Saturday’s work won’t be extensive. Some homes, for example, said, Rathmann, "are in need of serious repairs totaling over thirty thousand dollars."

After all, said Rathmann, the volunteers aren’t necessarily equipped to address some of problems affecting the homes in question. "Though they’re very thorough and know what they’re doing."

With so many homeowners in need of assistance, the US Census estimates that there are 60,000 low-income homeowners in Philadelphia for instance one might wonder how the houses in Walnut Hill were selected.

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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