Milwaukee NARI, Rebuilding Together working to build better lives

Milwaukee NARI, Rebuilding Together working to build better lives

By Courtny Gerrish, Stephanie Graham. CREATED Sep 4, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 4, 2012

MILWAUKEE - More people fall and die in their homes than in car crashes each year. A new community project hopes to help keep homeowners safe.

62-year-old Tom Shropshire is proud to be a long-time homeowner on Milwaukee's south side. On owning a home he says, "It's a place where you are the boss."

His home is more than 100 years old, and needs some repairs. Tom is currently unemployed, and admits it's tough to keep up. "These days, things are quite expensive, and I'm an older gentleman, but I'm still in pretty good health and everything."

Thanks to Milwaukee NARI and Rebuilding Together Tom is one of 50 homeowners picked to receive free home improvements in the Milwaukee area.

"They came, looked at my house, said they could help me out with a few items," Tom says.

Milwaukee NARI President Dave Amoroso says the focus is to make homes safer. "People are staying in their homes longer, so because they're staying in homes longer, they're thinking about what they can do to make it easier for them as they age."

Amoroso says new handrails and grab bars are simple fixes that any aging homeowner should think about.

"One of the things a lot of remodelers will encourage homeowners to do is kinda do one thing at a time,' Amoroso suggests.