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Prime Time: Free Repair Help Available

Low-income elderly or disabled Alexandria homeowners are eligible for home rehabilitation or repair. Rebuilding Together Alexandria (formerly Christmas in April) is seeking qualified residents who need assistance with home repairs for its 2005 National Rebuilding Day on April 30. On this day, teams of volunteers work on many houses throughout Alexandria, repairing and renovating homes so that homeowners may continue to live in warmth, safety, and independence. All repairs are made at no expense to the homeowner.

Founded in 1986 by Barbara Joseph, Alexandria Christmas in April, as the organization was originally known, held its first "rebuilding day" in 1987. On that last Saturday in April, eight homes and two shelters were repaired, at no cost to the homeowners, by 174 volunteers.

Today, hundreds of volunteers work on 50-100 homes and non-profit agencies — throughout the year and on National Rebuilding Day (the last Saturday in April).

Now known as Rebuilding Together Alexandria, the organization has repaired and rehabilitated hundreds of Alexandria residents' homes and non-profit agencies — repairing leaking roofs, replacing broken windows, building handicap ramps, replacing electrical systems, painting, and so much more.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3, grass-roots organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-income, elderly and disabled Alexandria residents.

Elderly or disabled low-income Alexandria homeowner who need help with home repairs may request an application. Call 703-836-1021 or e-mail info@rebuildingtogetheralex.org . A limited number of applications will be accepted.