MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - One of the Mid-South's most vulnerable populations is getting some much needed help.
The Plough Foundation is donating $12 million over three years to non-profits that help senior citizens. Among the recipients is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis.
Oliver Rollins has lived in his home 38 years. It's where the 72-year-old raised his children; the signs of wear and tear were apparent.
"My main sewer line had collapsed," said Rollins. "The floor board around the wall was separated from the floor on one side in my bedroom. It started decaying."
In recent years, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis shifted from building new homes to rehabs, critical repairs and weatherization. They discovered 95 percent of the people they were helping were seniors living on $10,000 or less per year.
Habitat Executive Director Dwayne Spencer thinks seniors should age gracefully in place.
"We believe seniors will thrive, when they can stay in a place that's familiar to them," said Spencer.
With a $3.89 million grant from the Plough Foundation, and partners MLGW and S.O.S. (Service Over Self) to serve approximately 500 families, Habitat's "Aging in Place" program will flourish.
Rollins said, "Words can't express the way I feel about the situation. I can't get my words together for the work they have done for me and how thankful I am for them."
Habitat will begin taking applications March 1, 2015.
For information on how to apply and links to the partner organizations, visit the following links:
Habitat for Humanity application: www.memphishabitat.com/howtoapply
S.O.S., Service Over Self: www.sosmemphis.org/
MLGW Special Assistance Programs: www.mlgw.com/images/content/files/pdf/SpecialAssistancePrograms.pdf