CONTACT: Justin Renteria, 210-207-0900
SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 5, 2018) - Last Friday, District 1 City Councilman Roberto Treviño accepted a donation on behalf of the Under 1 Roof Program in the amount of $1 million from local philanthropist, Kym Rapier with the Blake, Kymberly, and George Rapier Charitable Trust.
“While this generous donation is humbling, Ms. Rapier stated she saw how the impact of the program extended so much further than just installing a new roof,” said Treviño. “Residents enrolled in the Under 1 Roof pilot program experienced up to a 23°F decrease in attic temperature, which helped to significantly lower their energy bills by an average of $1,200 per year.”
Kym Rapier is no stranger to impact. Her generosity has transformed Bexar County, and communities all over the world. When Kym heard about the issues of San Antonio resident's losing their homes due to leaky roofs, she knew she had to take action. Immediately, Kym Rapier worked with her spokeswoman, to establish a partnership with the city, and arrange a 1 million dollar donation for this program. Rapier is the first philanthropist in Bexar County to take note of this program and is now the City’s largest partner in helping qualified residents keep their homes.
“Thank you to Ms. Rapier for providing two and a half city blocks worth of cool roofs to senior, veteran, low-income, and disabled homeowners,” stated Treviño. “There are already 300 applications in the queue for this year, so we have quite a bit of work to do!”
While Under 1 Roof started as a small, $200,000 pilot program just for District 1, it was approved in the fiscal year 2019 Budget in the amount of $4.25 million. Applicants can contact the Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department at (210) 207-6459 or apply at www.sanantonio.gov/NHSD/Programs/Repair
Figure 1: Councilman Roberto Treviño poses with Karina Villa; Tax Assessor Collector, Albert Uresti; Deputy City Manager, Peter Zanoni; and members of the community at the West End Church of Christ on November 2, 2018.
Figure 2: Councilman Roberto Treviño poses with Deputy City Manager, Peter Zanoni outside the West End Church of Christ November 2, 2018.