keeping homes and families warm, safe, and dry

More than one in eight Philadelphia homeowners can’t afford to make critical repairs to their homes.

Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia’s Home Repair Program builds on Habitat’s traditional partnership model using affordable payment options, sweat equity, and volunteer labor to serve homeowners who are in need of a hand-up to maintain their homes, make necessary critical repairs, or pay utility bills.

The Home Repair Program works diligently alongside Philadelphia homeowners with a focus on repairs that improve quality of life, keep homes warm, safe, and dry, and allow homeowners to “age in place.”

how we work

The Home Repair Program partners with homeowners in target neighborhoods to make critical repairs at an affordable cost.

We select neighborhoods based on need, and spend several years working alongside homeowners in those communities to make the biggest possible impact in stabilizing homes, blocks, and the neighborhood as a whole. The Home Repair Program’s work is currently focused in Belmont and Mantua in West Philadelphia, and in Sharswood in North Central Philadelphia.

Are you in need of repairs? Do you live in one of the areas below?

How to apply

In addition to our Neighborhood Repair Program, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia serves homeowners in need of critical repairs who fit in the following categories.

Contact our Family Services team at family@habitatphiladelphia.org if you fall in any of the categories below.

Step 1.

Receive Program Information

Attend a Home Repair Program information session to learn more about the program and determine if you are eligible to apply. If traveling to an information session is a hardship for you, our Family Services team can meet with you in your home.

Step 2.

Submit Application

Homeowners are evaluated on the same core criteria as our Homeownership Program: ability to repay the affordable loan, need for repair services, and willingness to partner with Habitat through the duration of the repair project. Income requirements vary by repair program.

Step 3.

Home Assessment

Habitat conducts a home assessment to determine if the home is a good fit for the program’s provided services.

Step 4.

Decision

If accepted, homeowners typically hear back from Habitat within 30 days with the project work scope and payment arrangements. Habitat’s Home Repair Coordinator meets with each accepted family to discuss the project and collect a deposit payment.

Step 5.

Project Completion

Upon the completion of the work scope, the Home Repair Coordinator meets again with the homeowner to sign off on the project.

Step 6.

Repayment

The homeowner pays off a portion of the project cost in monthly installments. Loan amounts are determined on a sliding scale based on income to ensure affordability.

 

Information Sessions

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There are currently no upcoming Home Repair Program information sessions. Please check back soon.

Don’t qualify? Need other forms of assistance?

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