Our repair programs, A Brush with Kindness and Aging in Place, have been combined into one new repair program called Home Preservation. The Home Preservation program is designed to improve the quality of life and living conditions of low-income homeowners by focusing on both exterior and minor interior home repairs. Applicants are selected based on the ability to pay, need, and willingness to partner and are required to repay the project costs back to Habitat through a no-interest loan. Applicants must own and live in the home which they are applying.
Need: Applicants’ homes must be in need of exterior home repair services but mostly likely will not be able to pay for the upfront cost of these repairs or physically unable to make the repairs.
Ability to pay: Applicants will need to meet annual income guidelines. Since the applicant will repay a small no-interest loan, Habitat will ensure that no family is debt-burdened by the selection decision.
Willingness to partner: Applicants will be required to complete a set number of “Sweat-Equity” hours either related to their project or in the community.
Repairs included in the program:
- Windows/Doors – winterizing/replacement
- Garage Doors
- Water Heaters
- Small shed/structure removal
- Grab bars/handrails/smoke detectors
- Replacement of sink and door hardware
- Handicap ramps
Repairs NOT included in the program:
- Projects in excess of $2500 (As determined by the Construction Committee)
- Structural repairs within mobile homes
- Repairs over 12 feet in height
- Roof repairs
- Major plumbing/electrical repairs
- Tree/large brush removal
- Air conditioning/furnace repair
- Painting within homes/structures
- Mold removal
For detailed information about Home Preservation, please download our Home Preservation Application. Completed applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity, 105 E. Main Street, Suite 202, Morris, IL 60450