Plumbers Helping Seniors in Manufactured Housing on Own Dime

The Las Vegas Review-Journal says the Community Action Program of the Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 525 is helping with the plumbing needs of seniors on fixed incomes who live in manufactured homes.   Lou Salazar, the local’s residential business representative, started the program 13 years ago using union dues.  The economic downturn has put 1,000 of the members out of work, so the funds now come from the plumbers’ own pockets.  He says the plumbing in manufactured housing is easy to get to, and most of the parts are under $30.  Meads Hardware gives parts discounts when it can because the owner realizes the seniors have nowhere else to turn.  The first sign of a problem is often a large jump in the water bill.  Often the water company will tell the homeowner to call Salazar.

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