Home Depot and Charitable Individuals Helping Veterans Affected By Hurricane Irma

This year’s hurricane season brought total destruction to dozens of parts of the United States. There are damaging hurricanes every year, but it seemed as if this year was far worse than any in recent memory.

According to a Houzz report, Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma took the lives of 257 people living in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The aftermath of these disasters have left homeowners and business owners in devastating financial situations as well. The estimated average cost to a homeowner affected by Hurricane Irma was around $13,000 and the estimated average cost to a homeowner living in the hardest-hit area due to Hurricane Harvey was an astounding $111,000.

Nearly two-thirds of American homeowners are planning on renovating their homes, but that number is likely much higher in these hurricane-affected locations.

Luckily, despite the tremendous damage that occurred to certain properties, there are plenty of helpful organizations around — especially when it comes to renovation assistance.

After Hurricane Irma destroyed the home of Gary Robles, a Navy veteran, he was preparing to spend a fortune on repairs so his house would be livable once again. Thanks to Home Depot and some charitable individuals in Tampa, Florida, however, he doesn’t have to worry about money or fixing his home.

“The people from Home Depot came out and talked to me some more and told me what they were going to do and I about had a heart attack at that time,” said Robles. “I still can’t wrap my head around it completely what they’re doing. It’s amazing.”

Robles, who is 68 years old, applied to get a new roof through Hillsborough County’s “Roofs for Veterans” program, which uses a $90,000 grant to fix roofs of 15 low-income veterans. Since he lives inside Tampa city limits, however, he wasn’t eligible for the program or assistance.

Home Depot and some charitable citizens then stepped in and provided Robles with a 100% flip on both his home’s exterior and interior.

“They served our country,” said Jeremy Twachtman, Volunteer Coordinator with Rebuilding Tampa Bay. “It’s as simple as that. So what better way for us to serve them than the place where they live.”

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