The Gloucester Housing Partnership (GHP) made a significant impact in the county in 2017, completing projects for 31 qualified residents whose homes required critical repairs to make them warm, safe and accessible. The cost of the projects totaled $67,855, with much of the funding coming from Gloucester County, generous citizens and businesses.

Repairs, which were made at no expense to the homeowners, included modifications and construction of handicapped ramps, as well as general home repairs that included plumbing, windows, floors, electrical, heating and weatherization.

“The Gloucester Housing Partnership is all about people coming together for good in our community,” said Chip Roady, GHP Chairman. “It was an honor to be able to help so many families with critical housing repair needs in 2017, and we’re grateful for the financial and volunteer support from the community that made it all possible.”

Formed in 1992, GHP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on critical home repairs for Gloucester County homeowners who are elderly, disabled, or of low-income.

The GHP is governed by a Board of Directors, which are all caring volunteers. GHP receives their referrals from the Gloucester County Department of Social Services, Healthy Families, Bay Aging, other community organizations, and from county citizens who are simply concerned about their neighbors.

In 2017, the GHP received support from Gloucester County and a number of area businesses, further enabling it to deliver on its mission.

Phillips Energy named the GHP the recipient of its annual Giving Tuesday fundraiser by donating 10 percent of retail fuel sales at its Gloucester Point location on November 28. The Phillips Energy fuel sales proceeds that day were then matched by The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula for a total contribution of $2,000 to the GHP.

Earlier, Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina hosted a Spirit Night fundraiser, donating 15 percent of its Gloucester restaurant food sales from October 12 to the GHP. Over the holiday season, Marker Nine earmarked $5 from the sales of each t-shirt through December to the GHP, ending in a donation of more than $500.

“Helping people remain in their homes and ensuring that those homes are warm, safe and dry is an incredibly important mission,” said Rudy Heinatz of Marker Nine. “We’re proud to join with other area businesses and individuals as we support the inspiring work the GPH is doing across our community.”

The GHP is also raising money through crowdfunding, accepting contributions from the general public who can donate to designated projects online.