People are more important than the homes that shelter them, but it is wonderful when saving a classic home and improving lives coalesce.
Rebuilding Together is a national organization that helps homeowners in dire need with repairs. The homeowners' income must meet a minimum, and preference is given to veterans, the elderly, disabled, and families with children. The requirements pinpoint the most vulnerable people, who truly need a warm, dry home.
All that being said, Rebuilding Together has started helping local homeowners and hopes to repair one hundred Los Angeles homes this year.
The Los Angeles Times wrote up the reroofing, rewiring, replumbing, and refurbishing that went on to save a 107-year-old Craftsman style home on East 41st Place. The Times has pictures of that, but this photo comes from the Rebuilding Together SoCal website.