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Home Depot donation funds repairs to Pittsburgh vets' homes

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 1:30 p.m.
 

When rain hit Hazelwood on Wednesday afternoon, Norbert Malloy could sit and talk without worrying about catching drips from his leaky roof.

Malloy, 79, is getting his roof shingled and other work done through a program that pays for improvements to veterans' homes.

“These guys are doing a great job,” said Malloy, an Air Force veteran. “The roof was slate. It held up fine until the last couple of winters when it started leaking.”

The Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership, a collaboration of volunteers, nonprofits and Pittsburgh agencies, plans to improve the homes of 27 other veterans this year.

Mayor Bill Peduto and City Councilman Corey O'Connor announced on Wednesday that the Home Depot Foundation is funding the program with a $200,000 grant. Volunteers do most of the work.

“We recruit volunteers from all walks of life — church groups, companies, charitable organizations, Lions Clubs, you name it — throughout the year to work with us and give a day of their time,” said Alan Sisco, deputy director of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, which is administering the grant.

Since January 2012, the partnership has provided more than 2,000 volunteers, leveraged more than $1 million in cash and in-kind donations, and repaired and weatherized about 150 homes, according to the mayor's office.

In addition to the roof, Malloy is getting renovations to his kitchen and bathroom and landscaping. He said he cannot afford to pay for the work on his own.

Malloy served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1962.

Bob Bauder is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-765-2312 or bbauder@tribweb.com.

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