The Sea City Work Camp program is currently in the process of accepting applications from homeowners that are financially limited and need repairs done on their homes.

The program, which began in 1993, is a housing rehabilitation project that offers free repairs to homeowners that qualify for assistance in the Corpus Christi area, said executive director Shirley Syamken.

Local high school students, including some from the Calallen and Tuloso-Midway independent school districts, participate in the work and are supervised by adults who take time off of work to volunteer, as well, she added.

Students pay $150 to participate in the event, while the adults offer $50, Syamken said.

This year's event involved the renovations of 18 Corpus Christi homes, Syamken said, with organizers hoping for a similar amount during the next Sea City Work Camp, which will run from June 6-18, 2010.

Due to concerns for the volunteers' and students' safety, the program does not conduct work on homes that have electrical or foundation problems, Syamken said. Organizers will screen applicants for such issues to determine whether the homes are safe to work on, she added.

"It just depends on what type of work is needed," Syamken said.

In order to be considered for help through the program, applicants must be on a limited income, such as individuals living on social security or disability, and own the home in which they are residing or paying on it. Rental homes will not be accepted.

Property taxes must also be current, Syamken added.

Homeowner applications are currently available of the Sea City Work Camp Web site,, or applicants can request one to be mailed by calling (361) 946-WORK.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 31, with selections being made sometime in January, Syamken said.

Sea City Work Camp is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.