Programs We Offer
Please note, our program is not an emergency repair program and requires time to access funding opportunities, as well and plan/assess the scope of the project. Habitat’s Home Repair program is an extension of our mission to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. It helps families maintain and stay in their homes and contributes to neighborhood stabilization and revitalization. This program helps low-income families address repair needs in their homes by focusing on safety, accessibility and meeting municipal codes. By offering home improvements at an 80-95% reduction to homeowners, the program will help preserve and ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing in our community. If you are over 62, please look at information regarding our Aging In Place program for additional information.
As active participants in building a better future for themselves and their families, qualified program partners demonstrate willingness, need, and ability to contribute. Please read the following requirements thoroughly before submitting a repair program inquiry.
Families must demonstrate a financial need to qualify. This is calculated as a percentage of the Area Median Income (AMI). To determine if you are income-qualified (income can be no higher than 60% AMI), compare your regularly occurring gross annual income to the chart below. Your income should include most funds you are receiving, including social security, disability, and/or child support. SNAP (food stamps) and TANF are not counted as income.
Qualified applicants must:
- Own and occupy the home located within Clarke, Frederick, or Shenandoah Counties
- Need a home repair that they are unable to acquire through their own means
- Have total household income less than 60% of the median income for Clarke, Frederick, and Shenandoah Counties of like size
- Be current on mortgage payments (if applicable) and property taxes
- Demonstrate willingness to partner with Habitat
- Demonstrate ability to pay based on sliding scale
- Understand many repairs are completed by BRHFH’s dedicated volunteers
- Understand that this is NOT an emergency repair program; the application process and completion of repairs can take an undefined amount of time.
Willingness to Partner
One of Habitat’s founding principles is based on the homeowner demonstrating a willingness to partner, most commonly in the form of “sweat equity.” For our program, we realize that physical sweat equity is not always practical for the demographic we serve for repairs, so instead we ask for other signs of partnership:
- Responsiveness to communication from BRHFH or subcontractors
- Presence at all BRHFH or subcontractor meetings, assessments, or work at the home
- Promotion of a pleasant work environment
- Offer of assistance, restroom facilities, or water to those working on the project
Ability to Pay a Portion of the Cost
Habitat works on a “hand-up, not a hand-out” model. Therefore, participants are required to pay a portion of costs associated with the project. This payment is not intended to be a burden to the family, but rather to signify a willingness to partner. Payment is calculated on a sliding scale based on percentage of area median income.
Payment will be determined based on income as follows:
- <29% AMI: 5%
- 30% - 39% AMI: 10%
- 40% - 49% AMI: 15%
- 50% - 60% AMI: 20%
The minimum payment for all projects regardless of AMI is $50, which must be paid in full before any work will begin.
Home Repair Process
Blue Ridge Habitat in partnership with United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley hosted our first-ever Repair Blitz during the United Way Day of Caring in September 2020. The event took place on Fremont Street, in a targeted area of Winchester City. With the help of 6 volunteer teams, we tackled numerous projects. For details about our Blitz, please check out the Repair Blitz Summary Report. The "Before and After" photos are amazing!
Interested in Volunteering?
Our Repair Program is unique in that no two projects are identical and many are volunteer-friendly. However, anyone over 16 years of age can volunteer and no experience is required. If you are interested in lending a hand, please click here to learn more.