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Partnership with Shaker Heights showing great results

Since HRRC launched its partnership with the City of Shaker Heights in July, we have experienced an influx of new program participants from that community eager to learn how to care for their homes. In August and September, twelve new households joined our Project Repair program, and most of them took advantage of the reduced class fees for our “hands-on” repair classes.… Read the rest

November is South Euclid month

HRRC is offering a special incentive to residents of South Euclid in November. For all our November repair workshops, South Euclid residents will pay only $5, instead of the regular $15 fee. This is a great chance to try a class or two, or to practice using the tools and techniques needed to do a repair you want to tackle yourself.… Read the rest

Are new windows the best way to reduce heating costs?

As temperatures plummet and heating bills start to rise, you may be tempted by those television ads for replacement windows. Whether they’re promising dramatic reductions in your heating costs or “new, low prices” on their products, these ads suggest that replacing your windows is the best way to lower your energy usage.… Read the rest

HRRC announces Ben Faller as new director

We are delighted to introduce Benjamin D. “Ben” Faller as HRRC’s new executive director. A resident of Cleveland and a native of Northeast Ohio, Ben has served as a Staff Attorney and Chief Housing Specialist for the Cleveland Housing Court since 2009, working to expand the Court’s problem-solving programs and engaging in outreach and policy work on housing and property issues.… Read the rest

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Repair Tips

Snaking drains

The most common source of drain blockage inside a home is an accumulation of the soaps and shampoos that we Americans use so frequently. Most of these products have a base of animal fat. When they are rinsed down the drain, they tend to cool and cling to the inside of your drain lines where they act like “glue,” causing other debris (hair, rust, mineral sediment in the water, toothpaste, coffee grounds, food particles, etc.) to attach themselves to the walls.… Read the rest

Wall fasteners

Lath-and-plaster walls are common in older houses (those constructed from the late 18th Century until the early 1950’s, when drywall became the common building technique.) Whether it’s an oil portrait of an early ancestor or wall-hung kitchen cabinets, securing things onto older lath-and-plaster walls can present a bit of a dilemma.… Read the rest

Heat savings tips

With rising energy costs, it is more important than ever to conserve wherever possible. Generally, cut heating costs by looking for places where cold air can enter, and sealing up those gaps and holes. If you feel a draft, fix it!… Read the rest

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