Housing Authority of Bowling Green giving home makeover

By LAUREL WILSON The Daily News
For the third time, the Housing Authority of Bowling Green is providing a house for someone who couldn’t otherwise afford it by hosting Bowling Green’s Very Own Home Makeover.

After fixing up homes in 2008 and 2010, the housing authority thought it was time for another home makeover. Work begins Friday on the house at 255 Ragland Lane.

“We are going to totally take it down to the bare walls, to basically be a new house with an old structure,” project leader Richard Reker said. “... We’re saving part of history.”

Ideally, the housing authority would like to give away a house, but it doesn’t have the resources for that.

Still, the makeover project will make the home more affordable.

“It’s going to help someone who is trying to better themselves live a dream,” Reker said.

The house on Ragland Lane would normally sell for around $100,000, but the housing authority will be able to provide a family with it for around $40,000, he said.

Housing officials have narrowed candidates for the home down to three families.

“They have some kind of a need,” Reker said. “They’re doing their best, and they just can’t make enough to afford an average home.”

Working on the house is also fulfilling for the volunteers.

“People do care about each other, and it’s just a wonderful feeling to see the goodness in people,” Reker said.

Several organizations are participating in the home makeover, including volunteers from Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Independence Bank and students in the electrical construction class at Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College, which will install the heating and cooling units in the house.

The experience will help students in several ways, said Ralph Potter, assistant professor and program coordinator for the electrical technology program at SKYCTC.

“It exposes them to real-world work and at the same time, get familiar with what’s going on in our community and see the importance of working together,” he said.

Independence Bank has teamed with the Housing Authority on other projects and has been active in building homes for Habitat for Humanity, so helping with the home makeover seemed like a good fit.

“That’s our philosophy – to make a difference in people’s lives and help those in need,” said Brad Howard, president of Independence Bank in Warren County.

The Housing Authority is still looking for volunteers to donate their time, money or materials to the makeover project.

If interested, call Reker at the Housing Authority at 270-843-6071.