Seniors Safe at Home Campaign

New CAAR/AHIP/BRHBA Partnership to Raise $25,000 to Help Seniors Make Emergency Repairs to Homes

Official Appeal to Public for Seniors Safe at Home Campaign Kicks-off Today
at BRHBA 2012 Home & Garden Festival

Charlottesville, VA — April 20, 2012 —The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS®, Albemarle Housing Improvement Program and Blue Ridge Home Builders Association are partnering on a critically needed community outreach campaign – Seniors Safe at Home – to raise funds, build awareness and make repairs to help seniors. Beginning today, Friday, April 20, in conjunction with BRHBA’s annual Home & Garden Festival, public donations will be collected for this effort to help seniors in Charlottesville and Albemarle County make urgent repairs to their homes.

Consider an ill neighbor who will not be discharged from the hospital until his or her home is wheelchair accessible or an elderly family who for years has been using a kerosene heater to heat only one room of their house because they cannot afford to fix the furnace.

“As a home repair nonprofit, AHIP is dedicated to helping the 300 families currently on our waiting list—half of whom are senior households,” Jennifer Jacobs, AHIP executive director, said. “We are so grateful for CAAR, BRHBA and the champions in our community who want to help our neighbors stay safe, warm and dry in their homes.”

Seniors Safe at Home seeks to help five to 10 senior families with rehab or repair work to their homes. To achieve that goal, the three organizations are committed to raising a combined total of $25,000 in financial and in-kind donations through July 15.

CAAR is proud to be involved in this mission and has a pledge from an anonymous member for $5,000, with a challenge to the membership to raise a matching $5,000. Collection canisters with the

Seniors Safe at Home logo will be placed at broker offices and CAAR’s office, as well as at open houses happening next Saturday and Sunday, April 28 – 29, during the 2012 Nationwide Open House event.

“As REALTORS®, we help people buy and sell homes, but helping people stay in their homes is even more important especially when they are the senior members of our community,” Brad Conner, GRI, ABR, SFR, CAAR president and an associate broker at Montague, Miller & Co., said.

BRHBA is donating $5,000 in labor, $2,500 in materials and another $2,500 in donated funds. The remaining $5,000 will be generated through a collective appeal to the community at-large.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for BRHBA and our 170 members with backgrounds ranging from home building and HVAC to electrical and plumbing services to help seniors stay safe at home through labor and material support,” Jim Kuznar, BRHBA executive vice president, said.


About CAAR –
The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) represents more than 1,000 real estate professionals in Charlottesville and Albemarle and the surrounding areas of Greene, Fluvanna, Nelson, Louisa counties. For more information on CAAR, pick up a copy of the CAAR Real Estate Weekly, visit, or contact your REALTOR®.


About AHIP –

AHIP, Charlottesville and Albemarle’s home repair nonprofit, helps keep our neighbors in need safe, warm and dry in their homes. For more than 35 years, AHIP has helped thousands of families with critical home repairs—small, urgent repairs, on up to large home rehabilitations and replacements. AHIP can build a handicap ramp for a senior citizen or a replacement home for a family living without indoor plumbing—and everything in between. For more information, visit


About BRHB –

The Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA) is a professional trade association organized in 1964 to unite the builder/developer with the allied trade industries, businesses and professions that have interest in the building industry. BRHBA works to consolidate resources and build coalitions that will develop the industry and the community.




Contact:  CAAR, Katie Davenport


AHIP, BRHBA, Ravi Respeto

434-817-2447 X26