Willa Holloway, a DC native, fell in love with her Congress Heights home when she moved in with her husband 26 years ago. They raised four children in this home built in 1945. Her husband, who was the handyman doing most repairs himself, died last year due to Covid-19.
Ms. Holloway, who now shares the home with her daughter and 1-year-old grand baby, wants to stay in her home, but it is a struggle managing the aging home. Broken outlets and an outdated electrical system that often blew fuses were challenges. With few working outlets, the family ran multiple extension cords throughout the house from one floor to another creating tripping hazards.
Yachad gave the home’s electrical system an overhaul replacing the original fuse box with a new electrical panel, repairing and replacing and installing new outlets. The broken stove was also fixed and now the family can safely cook meals.
A Yachad Housing Navigator is assisting the family in applying for the District's LIHEAP and Weatherization Assistance Program.