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Community Housing Solutions helps homeowners in Piedmont Triad

Betty Lanning has a lot of good memories in the home where she grew up in Greensboro's Glenwood Neighborhood.

“Five kids, two adults and a dog all in this little two bedroom house,” Lanning said.

And when her parents passed away five years ago, she moved back in the home. “I knew it needed a lot of work, but I wasn`t really sure how I was going to go about getting anything done,” she said.

That's where Community Housing Solutions (CHS) comes in, a non-profit organization based in Guilford County.

“We identify homeowners who can`t physically or financially do repairs and painting to outside of their homes,” said Gene Brown, president and executive director. “So this home, we`re putting railings on the steps, and we`re putting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior to preserve the house.”

The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has been a longtime supporter of CHS, which benefits both the homeowner and the community. Since 2005, volunteers have completed more than 600 home repair projects.

“We really feel like we`re restoring hope in the community,” said Brown. CHS has invested more than five million dollars into Guilford County through its home rehabilitation program.

Lanning said the work on her home is a blessing that came right on time. “I don`t know what I would have done. Maybe I would have had to sell it and you`d hate to do that because it`s home. It`s my home.”