Boston Victims Receive Housing Assistance

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 22, 2013
  • Updated Jul. 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM UTC
The Boston Marathon bombing killed three people and injured more than 250. Photo:

Required renovations will be made free of charge.

As if they’ve been through enough, the victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing are now discovering new sets of challenges: dealing with changes required to their homes after they return from rehab centers.

The Boston Globe writes about Martha Galvis, who spent 76 days in the hospital after she was severely injured in the attacks that occurred at the finish line of the marathon.

Galvis now requires handrails and other improvements on her split-level house.

But there’s help for her.

A volunteer network called the Boston Survivor Accessibility Alliance has formed to provide free home-accessibility modifications for victims.

“Right after the bombings it occurred to me that there were going to be survivors who would need work on their homes,” said Thomas G. Gatzuni, a Public Safety Commissioner who’s department organizes the volunteers.

“The last thing I wanted people to do is pay for something that we can have donated for them.”

Galvis’ home will be the first project the group takes on.


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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