Rebuilding Together Kent County has a new home

CHESTERTOWN — Nineteen years ago, Rebuilding Together Kent County was formed by community members who wanted to help neighbors whose homes were devastated by 2003’s Hurricane Isabel. From the very beginning, the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown supported this fledgling nonprofit, providing vital financial support, volunteers from its congregation and free office space for organizational records and administrative team members.

Last month, RTKC welcomed supporters and friends into its own office space in Chestertown.

“We couldn’t have reached this milestone without the long-term support of the PCC family. And while it was bittersweet to say goodbye, we are so thrilled that our capacity has grown to the point where we really required more space,” RTKC Executive Director Genevieve Croker said in a news release.

The new location is 903 Washington Ave., Suite 2 in Crestview Square, which is accessed from state Route 213. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, although the staff is often out working in the community. It’s a good idea to call 410-778-4544 to ensure someone is available to help.

According to Croker, having signage on Route 213 already has increased foot traffic and made it easier to spread the word about the nonprofit’s critical home repair services that are offered at no cost to homeowners.

Also under the heading of good news, Rebuilding Together is participating in a two-year pilot program funded through a grant from Wells Fargo to assist in documenting home ownership.

To qualify for RTKC’s services, applicants must own their home. 

As in other places in the United States, many families in Kent County are living in, and maintaining, homes that have been passed on to them but have never had the new deed properly recorded. These are referred to as heirs’ property or sometimes “Tangled Titles.”

RTKC is partnering with Shore Legal Access (formerly Mid-Shore Pro Bono) to help those in this situation try to clear up the paperwork so that they are able to qualify for help with home repairs from Rebuilding Together.

If you or someone you know is in this situation, call 410-778-4544 or email info@rtkc.org for more information.

Rebuilding Together Kent County’s mission is repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives. The nonprofit leverages gifts of time, money, skill and labor to repair and rehabilitate homes for income-eligible seniors, veterans, those living with disabilities and families with children in Kent County.  

All work is done at no cost to homeowners who meet the eligibility criteria. 

This is an equal opportunity program. 

RTKC is dedicated to ending substandard housing.

To learn more, see www.rebuildingtogetherkcmd.org.

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