Sharp simply showed up at the Family Resource Center in Gun Barrel City last Friday and began talking with Echo Weir, who is the Program Administrator for the Center for Housing Resources in Dallas.
has been writing such grants for the last 13 years, and she's
hasn't been turned down for one yet.
With this year's money, Echo
organization will make repairs to 72 homes in Henderson and Anderson counties.
needs a roof," said Weir
, "and she
needs new floors because of the leaky roofs.This is a very common problem we're seeing."She's
also seen a lot worse during the last 13 years.
"On one of her
found a woman who has been bathing out of a wash tub for the last 50 years.
"We put in a bathtub for her
On another occasion, they discovered a woman who had no plumbing for 35 years.
It's important to get the word out to these people," she
In addition to getting out the news through newspapers, Weir
is trying to get out the word through local nutrition centers and by word-of-mouth.
has also written a grant for $350,000 which will be used to help disabled citizens around Gun Barrel City, Log Cabin, Malakoff, Tool, Trinidad, Seven Points and Mabank.
"I've found so many disabled people in this county," she
The main difference in that grant, she
said, is that a person doesn't have to be 60 to qualify.
...Gail Sharp signs the papers with instruction from Echo Weir, an administrator for the Center for Housing Resources in Dallas.