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Financial Help Still Available For 2019 Tornado Victims, Damaged Properties

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Rebuilding Together Dayton
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With the help of local volunteers, Rebuilding Together Dayton works to transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities.

A year and a half after the Memorial Day Tornado outbreak, people are still putting their homes and their lives back together. Rebuilding Together Dayton (RTD), a local recovery agency, is urging anyone who still needs assistance with home repairs to contact their agency before the winter weather sets in.

RTD is one of four local agencies issuing funds provided by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati through their disaster reconstruction program. They say right now is the time to make needed repairs. Severe winter weather can cause significant additional damage to properties already damaged by the tornados.

Amy Radachi, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together Dayton, says there’s funding available to help.

“Up to $ 20,000 per [household] to address some simple needs, such needs as roofs, windows, siding, anything that we can do to button up the house before winter hits us again.”

The organization is especially encouraging those who are uninsured or under-insured to apply for the funding.

Application requirements and more information can be found on the Rebuilding Together Dayton website.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.