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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Valdes, Patricia, 2008 May 15

Biographical / Historical

Patricia Valdes worked as a coordinator for the Board of Elections at a senior citizens' site. While working one Election Day, Valdes learned of Restoration's Weatherization Program, which aids area citizens whose homes are unable to retain heat, or who are unable to afford heating during the wintertime. Because Valdes' home suffered from significant disrepair that made her home dangerous to inhabit, Restoration's Weatherization Program performed home renovations to rectify her situation.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Patricia Valdes and Wendell Rice discuss the substantial repairs performed on Valdes' home by Restoration's Weatherization Program. Valdes details her home's condition prior to repair and discusses her experience with the Weatherization Program, from the application process through the completion of construction. Valdes was unable to afford the repairs, which were appraised at over twenty thousand dollars. Restoration's Weatherization Program performed this work; which included the installation of a new roof, its insulation, removal of her neighbor's chimney which had fallen onto her property, installation of two windows, air sealing, hot-water wrapping, and upgrading of her water boiler. Interview conducted by Wendell Rice.

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Subject Names

  • Valdes, Patricia

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Subject Topics

  • Buildings -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x Maintenance and repair
  • Home economics -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Home ownership -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)