Lifelong Cape Codder, Brooke Virginski was facing challenges with her drafty home in Harwich. The home, built in 1976, is where Brooke grew up. She inherited it from her Mom and was living there with her daughter. Over the years, the list of repairs needed to the home grew—including the roof, windows and doors. Unable to make the repairs herself, Brooke sought help. She heard about the Housing Rehabilitation Program from a friend and decided to reach out. As she says, “I was skeptical at first. I couldn’t believe there was a program that was going to help me fix my home for free with no strings attached.”
After interacting with CDP Housing Rehabilitation Program Staff and General Contractor, Tom Spence of Cedarwood Builders, Brooke could not feel more differently. “They were all great with educating me about the program and answering all my questions,” she said. Repairs to the roof, new windows and a new front door have made the house much more energy efficient and warmer--something Brooke is particularly noticing as the colder weather has arrived. Additionally, her oil tank was replaced because it was in danger of leaking—something Brooke was not aware of. And a small amount of lead was removed. What she learned about both the oil tank and lead ‘put her at ease’.
Brooke sums up her experience with the program, saying, “They have given me brand new hope of being able stay in the home I grew up in and I can now raise my daughter here. I smile to know she will be safe, warm and simply have a home.”