All repairs completed are free for homeowners who are selected for our program.
Rebuilding Together Portland has two programs to help low-income homeowners:
- The National Rebuild Day in April. On this day, volunteers both skilled and general, complete repairs such as carpentry, electrical, painting, debris removal, safety and ADA modification/installation, and more!
- The Safe and Healthy Repair program is year-round and helps homeowners with small, preventative maintenance repairs on their homes.
Rebuilding Together Portland is an all volunteer based, home repair organization that brings volunteers, materials, financial resources and logistical expertise together in an effort to serve low income homeowners that are elderly, disabled, families with children and veterans throughout the City of Portland; allowing them to live in a safe, secure and independent environment.
- Applicant must own and live in the property where repair work would be done.
- Applicant is either financially and/or physically unable to complete the repairs.
- Applicant must be able to verify income.
- The property is located in the City of Portland.
Rebuilding Together Portland cannot work on homes that are:
- Rental properties
- Household income above 80% Median Family Income.
- Houses that are subject to foreclosure actions or to actions to enforce liens.
Every year, Rebuilding Together Portland receives nearly 200 applications and roughly 45-50 homes are selected to receive assistance either on the National Rebuild Day or throughout the year. The homeowner selection process is thorough and includes the submission of an application by the homeowner, verification of income, and an in-home interview.
- Our Homeowner Interview Teams meet with the homeowner to explain our program and to review the requested repairs.
- The Team then fills out a report and submits it to the House Selection Committee, consisting of Rebuilding Together Portland Board Members.
- The House Selection Committee determines which projects are tentatively selected to be worked on during our National Rebuild Day.
- All applicants will be notified by mail at least one month prior to the workday.
Due to weather, volunteer availability and unforeseen problems that may arise, work that is planned to be done is tentative. These factors may affect the actual work that is able to be completed. The House Captain (or project leader) will decide what work can and cannot be done on the day of work.