The Other Carpenter Program

The Other Carpenter Program

Critical repairs for West Philadelphia homeowners in need

In 2012 Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia acquired The Other Carpenter, a West Philadelphia-based non-profit repair program, as part of our growth into areas beyond traditional home building.  The Other Carpenter (TOC) assists low-income homeowners residing in the East and West Parkside, Belmont, Mantua and Cathedral Park communities of West Philadelphia in the overall maintenance and improvement of their homes.  TOC has completed more than 730 projects since 2001, with the help of volunteers and engaged community members.  TOC's  repair program is based on a model of homeowner participation, in which the homeowner works with TOC staff and volunteers on repairs and improvements, and contributes a portion of the cost of materials. 

The timing of the TOC merger fits perfectly with Habitat Philadelphia's increasing focus on home repair and weatherization, in addition to our existing homebuilding program.  Our complementary missions and services allow us to partner with even more Philadelphia families in need.

Interested in services from The Other Carpenter?

TOC serves a specific geographic area (the East and West Parkside, Belmont, Mantua and Cathedral Park neighborhoods in West Philadelphia), and part of a homeowner's eligibility for services is determined by their address.  If you're interested in becoming a client, please contact Renia Johnson, Intake Specialist, at or 267 284 0310.  Other inquiries about the program may be directed to Cassie O’Connell, Director of The Other Carpenter, at or 267 284 0310.

Interested in volunteering with The Other Carpenter?

TOC's projects depend on the hard work and dedication of hundreds of volunteers every year.  Volunteers are taught construction skills and guided throughout the day by TOC staff.  To sign up to help, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Shonda Brinson at or 215-765-6000 x10.