The Riviera Beach home of Jeffrey Perkins, a blind military veteran who served in the U.S. Army, had fallen into a state of severe disrepair. In addition to a long list of smaller repairs and improvements that were needed, sections of the roof had caved in as a result of termite and water damage.
Without the financial or physical means to make the repairs himself, a host of volunteer efforts unfolded through several public-private partnerships. A celebration marking the successful rehabilitation of the house took place on June 26 and was attended by representatives from Palm Beach County, the Riviera Beach CRA, nonprofit organizations, contractors and individuals who helped make this possible.
Special recognition was extended to a number of participating public and private entities and individuals. Perkins participated in the Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability's Veterans Housing Preservation Program, the CRA's Housing Beautification Program, and Rebuilding Together Palm Beach County.
The Riviera Beach CRA wishes to thank the following entities, without whom this enterprise could not have taken place:
- Rebuilding Together of the Palm Beaches (nonprofit)
- Riviera Beach Community Development Corporation (nonprofit)
- Sunny South Construction, Inc. (general contractor)
- Colomé & Associates, Inc. (architects)
- Sears Heroes at Home Grant Initiative
- Newman Windows and Doors
- Paint Your Heart Out (nonprofit)
- PBC Board of County Commissioners and Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability
- Numerous staff and individuals who donated their time and effort