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WARM Rebuilds Homes in Cape Fear Area

Updated: Nov 25, 2022

An organization based out of the Cape Fear area is serving Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, and Pender counties to repair homes for those who need it the most.

The Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc. (WARM) began in 1996 in response to hurricanes Bertha and Fran. While bringing relief to the victims of natural disasters, WARM volunteers discovered a social disaster in the form of substandard housing.

As they entered each dwelling, members noticed that much of the damage to the homes predated the storms, and the homeowners just did not have the resources to make costly repairs.

The organization then extended their reach to not only hurricane victims, but to low-income families and the elderly as well.

“Many of our homeowners are elderly, people with disabilities, veterans, and single-parent households. They are living on fixed incomes and have to make tough budget decisions each month,” said Director of Communications Suzanne Jalot. “When you have to pay for utilities, groceries, and medicine, home maintenance generally falls at the bottom of the list and there’s just not enough left over to make home repairs.”

Eligibility requirements

There are a few requirements to qualify for help through WARM.

The applicant must own and occupy a home in need of repairs for at least three years. The total household income must meet WARM guidelines and is based on the county of residence and the number of people living in the home.

The repairs must be safety or health related. Typical repairs include roof repair, weatherization, flooring repair, plumbing, electrical, entry stairs and landings, accessibility ramps, smoke alarm installation, and grab bar installation.

Consider volunteering or donating

Since its inception, WARM has helped over 1,600 families in Southeastern North Carolina to make their houses livable once more. Volunteers are essential to the operation and are always needed within the organization. From construction workers to outreach programs, folks giving their time and their hearts to the cause makes all the difference.

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