Dennis has lived in his house since he was born; the house has been in his family for around 100 years. Because of that history, he is reluctant to sell the house despite his family’s encouragement. Dennis was in a car accident 35 years ago that left his entire right side paralyzed; a once-broken left leg that makes sitting in his wheelchair difficult. He likes to go outside, feed the birds, watch TV, and drink coffee (although it used to be Southern Comfort). He manages to be happy with his living situation, but he also admits that it could be greatly improved.
Roger has been Dennis’ caregiver for nearly 20 years. He is in his 60s and they both live in Dennis’ home full time. Dennis can do somethings on his own, but Roger is responsible for basically everything he does including putting him in and out of his wheelchair, making meals, assistance in bathroom/bathing, and so on. They sometimes get “grumpy” with each other, but they understand each other well and get along “just fine.” Because Dennis has chronic encephalitis and is difficult to understand, Roger facilitated his answers throughout the application, inspection, and interview process.
Dennis and his caregiver brought up a number of possible improvements to the house, but the one they most wanted was obvious: the chimney has pulled away from the house and hangs at an unstable angle, nearly ready to collapse into the driveway–or into the house. The chimney could not possibly remain standing were an earthquake to occur. Rebuilding Together East Bay-North will be bringing a team of volunteers together to stabilize the chimney so that it no longer presents a safety hazard. The team will also be correcting plumbing problems, patching the kitchen ceiling, and replacing a gate and fence.