Charleston Habitat for Humanity revamps homes off Upper King Street

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Habitat for Humanity is kicking of its 26th year with a special "repair rampage" project.

Instead of focusing on the building of a single home, this Habitat initiative includes a five-house repair project over the course of five weeks.

Habitat homes on both F and H streets, just behind the intersection of King and Race streets, are receiving exterior renovations from volunteer crews.

Thrivent Financial donated the $10,500 needed for repairs as part of its Thrivent Builds Repairs Program.

A Charleston Habitat for Humanity spokesperson says homeowners contribute by repaying the cost of materials through a five-year, zero interest monthly payment and volunteer for one day on their home's repair.

"It's the small things," Jon Hull, site coordinator for Charleston Habitat for Humanity, said. "For instance, a lot of us can just call somebody up and get their fence pressure-washed once a year. That's not exactly affordable for everybody."

Throughout November, crews will work to replace doors, re-build stairs and fences and handle other repairs that occur after years of wear and tear.

"Thanks to Thrivent Financial, this will allow Charleston Habitat to help local families maintain decent, affordable housing with the major financial commitment necessary to construct a new house," executive director of Charleston Habitat for Humanity Jeremy Browning said in a press release. "It is a key element in our portfolio of projects to offset some of the critical need for affordable housing in the Charleston market."

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