Home Repair Program
Please note, our program is not an emergency repair program and requires time to access funding opportunities and plan/assess the scope of the project.
Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark Counties’ Home Repair Program is an extension of our mission to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. The program 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 municipal code compliance.
Currently, we are accepting exterior projects only.
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.
Present a Need
Families must demonstrate a financial need to qualify. Your income should include most funds you are receiving, including social security, disability, and child support. SNAP (food stamps)TANF are not counted as income.
Qualified applicants must:
- own and occupy the home located within Madison and Clark Counties.
- need a home repair that they are unable to acquire through their own means.
- make below the maximum income listed on the Repair Program Income Guidelines Chart.
- be current on mortgage payments (if applicable) and property taxes.
- demonstrate a willingness to partner with Habitat.
- understand that HFHMCC’s dedicated volunteers complete many repairs.
- understand that this is NOT an emergency repair program; the application process and completion of repairs can take an indefinite 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 HFHMCC or subcontractors
- Presence at all HFHMCC 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
Our projects will be exterior only. Projects can include the following:
- Porch Repair
- Wheelchair ramps
- Siding repairs
- Exterior Doors
- Fascia/Soffit Repair
- Brush removal
Projects that we do not include:
- Work on roofs of homes that are two stories or more
- Work on homes built before 1978, requiring compliance with the EPA’s rules regarding lead-based paint
- Work on mobile/prefabricated homes
- Mold or hazard remediation.
Work on foundations
- Repairs to furnaces, boilers, or air conditioners
Home Repair Process
Inquiry: Call, email, or visit our website to submit an inquiry form. Competed inquiries will be entered into our database to retain until the application period begins.
Application: When resources become available, homeowners who are eligible based on their inquiry will be mailed or email applications to complete and return by the provided deadline.
Screening: Applications are reviewed and, if accepted for a Home Assessment, applicants will be notified to schedule an appointment for a home visit.
Home Assessment: A HFHMCC representative will schedule a time to visit your home to assess eligibility and potential home repair plan.
Agreement: If HFHMCC approves repair to be within its capabilities, an agreement letter and contract will be sent to the homeowner.
Work: Repairs will take place at the home by HFHMCC staff, volunteers, or designated subcontractors.
Completion: Once repairs are complete, the homeowner will be mailed a Certificate of Completion as well as detailed services and materials rendered.
Submit Your Repair Inquiry
If you have read these guidelines thoroughly and feel you and your repair are eligible for participation, click below to fill out our Repair Inquiry Form.
Habitat Repair Inquiry Form (click to open)
Interested in Volunteering?
Our Repair Program is unique in that no two projects are identical and many are volunteer-friendly. Anyone 17 years old and over can volunteer and no experience is required. If you are interested in lending a hand, please click here to learn more.
NOTICE: The federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age (provided the applicant has the capacity to enter into a binding contract); because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public assistance program; or because the applicant has in good faith exercised any right under the Consumer Credit Protection Act. The federal agency that administers compliance with this law concerning this creditor is the Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. 20580.