Repair grant for 80 homes

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 14:47 07/11/2012

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Up to 80 earthquake-damaged homes will be repaired, thanks to a new grant from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust.

The trust said today it had given a hardship grant of up to $100,000 to the Addington Action community group to help it repair up to 80 quake-damaged homes of uninsured, vulnerable residents in south Christchurch.

Addington Action spokesman Mike Peters said the group appreciated the funding, which would be used for building materials and running costs to make the minor repairs.

These included fixing roofs, removing water-sodden carpet and general mould, filling cracks, painting, and repairing windows to make homes weathertight.

The funding will enable 40 homes to be repaired this year and a further 40 in 2013.

Addington resident Christine Blance said: "It was wonderful not to have to impose on my neighbours for a change. Mike came to my door and offered Addington Action's assistance. They not only took my bricks away but gave me a big hug."

Addington Action has fixed 30 uninsured owner-occupied houses that are home to the elderly or disabled or single-parent families with young children.

The group has a waiting list of 40 homes needing minor repair and expects to repair up to 200 over the next four years in Hoon Hay, Hillmorton, Spreydon, Addington, Sydenham, Waltham and Opawa.

Christchurch Earthquake Appeal trustee Rod Carr said the trustees had agreed that supporting the group would "help to relieve hardship for the most vulnerable people" in the community.

"There are many groups like Addington Action working almost invisibly across Canterbury helping communities to recover, and trustees were keen to support their efforts with appeal funds," he said.

In the year to June 30, the trust granted $47.26 million to 112 Canterbury community projects from the $100.73m raised in donations to the appeal.

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