DAVIDSON – Gwen Sherrill has lived in Davidson all her life. And now as a grandmother and great-grandmother, she’s providing a home for more generations of town residents.
And with recent help provided through a partnership between Our Towns Habitat for Humanity and the town, her Potts Street house is now in better condition for the years to come.
At the town board’s April 9 meeting, following through on a December 2018 board directive, commissioners authorized the formalization of a agreement between the town and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity that directed money from the town’s affordable housing fund to a home-repair program supervised by Habitat, which provides services in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.
In December, commissioners authorized expenditures of up to $200,000 in affordable housing funds – money compiled through affordable housing “payment in lieu” fees from developers – to target critical repairs for owner-occupied houses and the preservation of naturally evolving affordable housing opportunities created when needed repairs are made that allow residents to remain in older homes.
Initially the town identified five homes in need of major repairs and renovations, with work expected to require about $120,000 of the money set aside for the project. But working with Habitat, a sixth home was added.
Sherrill’s home is a Habitat for Humanity home where she has lived since the early 1980s.
“First owner, and still owner,” said Bruce Brown, critical repairs manager for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, describing Sherrill as an example of a Habitat success story.
Her home was one of the first projects tackled through the new partnership with the town. The work, a project Brown said was a success, has already been completed.
Brown said roof and window repairs were required along with an assortment of interior and exterior upgrades. A new porch and porch railings, along with added trim Brown said the contractor provided at no additional costs, were part of the work. And inside, new bathroom flooring and repaired kitchen cabinets were part of the project, which took about 10 days to compete..
The total investment in Sherrill’s house was $17,900, Brown said.
Sherrill, who works at Walmart in Huntersville, met with Brown on April 15 to complete the paperwork for the project and, accompanied by her granddaughter Miya and two great-grandsons – Cali and Kace – provided a quick tour of her repaired house.
“They did a good job, and they really did it pretty quick,” Sherrill said.
Cindy Reid, the town’s attorney and affordable housing program manager, said the Habitat partnership could evolve, but told commissioners she wants to evaluate the program’s results before recommending the next steps.
“Let’s do six and be successful,” she said, “before we move forward.”