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In Light of Recent Rains, AHIP Seeing Influx of Home Repair Calls

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

The Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) is coming off a very busy May. The nonprofit says an influx of calls came in because of all the rain last month. 

The nonprofit says roughly 15 to 20 calls came in per week last month from people needing home repairs. During serious weather conditions it's all hands on deck for AHIP and its volunteers. 

After rainstorms, the nonprofit tends to get a lot of roof, pump, and drainage calls. Employees say clients just try to make do while they're waiting for AHIP's help.

"Even if we have three or four days of heavy rain we'll have people who will be struggling with a leaking roof, they'll have buckets downs.  That's the way they will live for a year, you know, while they're waiting for somebody to come and help them," said AHIP Executive Director Jennifer Jacobs.

AHIP says this week has been pretty busy for them too, with people calling in about air conditioning failures. Employees say they got an influx of heat calls during last year's severely cold weather in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. 

Close to 500 households are on the waiting list for critical home repairs, which employees say is a lot.

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