Home Repair Program
Home Repair Program
Over one in eight Philadelphia homeowners can’t afford to make critical repairs to their homes. But for the cost of building or rehabbing one home (~$140k), Habitat can make critical repairs to preserve 14 families in their current homes through our Home Repair Program.
Habitat Philadelphia’s Home Repair Program builds on Habitat’s traditional homeownership model using affordable payment options, sweat equity, and volunteer labor to serve current low-income homeowners who are struggling to maintain their homes, make necessary critical repairs, or pay their utility bills. Currently, the need for affordable home repair and weatherization greatly outweighs the capacity of programs and resources providing these services. The Home Repair Program is Habitat Philadelphia’s strategic response to this overwhelming need.
Our priority is to stabilize homeowners in their homes by: 1) making key critical repairs that preserve the home and raise the quality of life for the homeowner; 2) providing weatherization services to lower utility bills and; 3) giving the home a facelift through façade improvement, landscaping and sidewalk repair. We believe that targeting these three key areas through this holistic approach will yield the highest impact on quality of life, stability and sense of pride for both the homeowner as well as the neighborhood as a whole. Read more about our critical home repair programs on our blog.
The Weatherization and Home Repair Program contains many components of our Homeownership Program partnership housing model. This includes zero-interest loans, homeowner participation, and selection based on need. An initial energy audit of the home is performed, and then the partner family volunteers for a minimum of eight hours - usually split between working on façade improvements and the exterior of the home, as well as insulation and other repairs to the interior.
For information on receiving repairs through our Home Repair Program, contact Jayee Borkay, Family Services Intake Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 765-6000 ext. 18.
Major Systems & Basic Repair:
Roofs: replacement or repair; flashing, gutter, downspout, upgrades and repairs
Heat: Replacements and repairs to heater, distribution and flue systems
Hot water: Replacements and upgrades to sealed combustion and electric hybrid models
Plumbing: Repair and replacement to leaking supply and waste lines, installation new low flow fixtures, drainage repairs
Electrical: Remediation of electrical hazards; installation of dedicated circuits, knob and tube remediation
Structural: repair to failing structural elements such as joists, framing, stone foundations, brick walls, door and window lintels
Health and safety: Accessibility upgrades, railings, remediation of environmental hazards (lead, asbestos, mold), basement water remediation and dehumidification
Preservation: façade improvement, landscaping, sidewalk repair
Pre and post-energy audits: blower door testing and combustion safety testing
Air sealing and insulation: door and window gaskets and weather-stripping, spray foam sealing, insulation install and upgrades, window and door replacements
Conservation: CFL light bulbs, refrigerator replacements, hot water pipe insulation, duct sealing, programmable thermostat install and homeowner training, replacement furnace filters, heater clean and tune, duct repair
Health and safety: 10 year smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, kitchen fire extinguishers, gas leak correction, repair or upgrade of poorly functioning combustion appliance systems, remediation or hazardous materials (lead, asbestos), installation of additional house ventilation units