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SAN ANTONIO (July 23, 2019) — Today, Councilman Roberto Treviño and the Department of Neighborhood & Housing Services celebrated the installation of the 500th roof provided via the San Antonio Under 1 Roof Program. The program was first piloted in eleven District 1 homes by Councilman Treviño and the City in 2016. In three short years, Under 1 Roof became available citywide after receiving $4.25 million in funding in the budget and a $1 million donation from philanthropist Kym Rapier of The Blake, Kimberly and George Rapier Charitable Trust.
“The most affordable home is the one you currently occupy,” said Treviño. “I am grateful San Antonio has embraced the Under 1 Roof as a program that promotes affordability and preserves the housing stock for homeowners in need, and I look forward to the program’s continued success”
Ms. Ramona Gutierrez, a senior homeowner with disabilities and a long time West End resident, applied for the Under 1 Roof Program last January. She is one of over 900 residents looking to replace her old roof with a high-reflectance roof. Studies by the University of Texas at San Antonio found that attic temperatures in homes with a high-reflectance roof were up to 23°F lower. Furthermore, residents with a roof from the Under 1 Roof Program experienced up to $1,200 in savings annually on their CPS Energy bill due to the passive cooling effects from the high-reflectance roof.
“Thank you to Councilman Treviño and the City for providing me with a good roof that will allow me to continue living in my community comfortably,” said Ms. Gutierrez. “I hope more senior homeowners like me apply for Under 1 Roof because this is a dream come true.”
To date, Under 1 Roof is responsible for the installation of over 460 roofs across San Antonio – all at no cost to the homeowner. The goal is to have completed over 600 roofs by the end of 2019.
“Regardless of their income, we need to provide tools and resources that enable our neighbors to stay in their homes and in their neighborhoods” said Verónica R. Soto, Neighborhood and Housing Services Department director. “The ability for the city’s residents to age in place is a key part to addressing housing affordability.”
Under 1 Roof is a no-cost program open to homeowners who are: at or below 80% area median income for families (80% area median income for a four person household is $56,800); over 62 years old; differently-abled; and/or veterans. Call 210.207.6459 or visit sanantonio.gov/NHSD to apply.