Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.
Safe homes and communities for everyone.
Non Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Why Are These Services Needed?
The number of low-income homeowners increases each year. The current 24 million low-income homeowner families are expected to grow to an astonishing 28.5 million by the year 2010. This growth means that more and more families are placed in the position of choosing between vital necessities, such as food or medicine, or a roof that does not leak. Rebuilding Together works to ensure that as many of those families as possible do not have to make these difficult choices.
What Type of Work is Done?
We provide emergency year-round services in addition to the major rehabilitation projects we undertake on National Rebuilding Day. We build ramps, install grab bars, and work on other home modifications to allow homeowners to safely “age in place.”
How are Homeowners Selected?
We also work preserving and revitalizing non-profit facilities. Our unskilled volunteers join with skilled tradespeople, painting, cleaning, and weatherizing, as well as doing carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work.
Do Homeowners Pay?
Homeowners must be low-income and elderly, disabled, or families with children, and unable to do the work themselves. The site selection process takes place locally, within broad national guidelines. Criteria differ slightly from affiliate to affiliate. Individual families are referred through neighborhood associations, churches, synagogues, community organizations, and service groups, or by self-referral.
All repairs are free for homeowners. Labor and many supplies are typically donated. Homeowners and family members are asked to welcome the volunteers into their homes and work alongside them to the extent possible. Our work is done with families and neighborhoods, not for them. A homeowner brochure (pdf) is provided to clarify our process and partnership.
Who Sponsors Rebuilding Together?
Funds come from generous individuals, corporations, labor organizations, foundations, civic organizations, churches, and synagogues that are interested in helping to build a better world. Our local affiliates do their own fundraising, publicity, volunteer recruitment, and management. Rebuilding Together is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization supported by voluntary contributions of time and money. Every dollar given is wisely spent and is an investment in building a better America.
Is My Contribution Tax-Deductible?
Yes. All contributions are tax-deductible. Contributions can be sent to Rebuilding Together, 1536 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036-1402. We also welcome your comments and suggestions.