Frequently Asked Questions – Repairs

Before you apply for our Home Repair Program, read the frequently asked questions.  If your question isn’t answered here, please call (206) 452-7697 or email (

What kind of repairs do you do?

We are currently able to do a variety of exterior repairs including roof repair/replacement, window and door installation, painting, yard clean-up, junk removal, siding repair, deck repair, gutters, and more. Projects can be big or small. Interior repairs are limited, but may be provided on a case-by-case basis. Aging in Place work and accessibility features are also incorporated through the Habitat Repair Program.

What’s the difference between Critical Home Repairs and Minor Home Repairs? What if I need more than one?

Both programs are considered part of Habitat’s Repair Program. Critical Home Repairs (CHR) are larger in scope and require a more in-depth application process. Minor Home Repair is geared toward smaller jobs that focus on preserving the residence and can be done in 1-2 days with a few staff or volunteers..

Examples of Critical Home Repairs include roof replacement, window and door installation, exterior painting, siding and deck repair, ramp installation, gutter replacement and more.

Examples of Minor Home Repair activities include gutter cleaning and minor repair, moss removal, brush and debris removal, handrail installation, fence repair, and walkway repair.

Aging in Place/accessibility services may be accessed as part of a Critical Home Repair or Minor Home Repair project.

Do you work on manufactured homes?

Yes, we can provide repairs if the manufactured home was built after 1976. Services for Minor Home Repair, Critical Home Repair and accessibility repairs may be provided for manufactured homes for a one-time program fee.  

What information do I need to apply?

Depending on which program you are applying to we will provide you with an application along with a list of the documents needed.

How long does it take to complete a repair?

The application process for Critical Home Repairs can take 2-8 months. Work schedules are based on several criteria including: weather, urgency, scope of work, and the construction schedule. Applicants are contacted in a timely manner as to the status and next steps for their repair project.

Can I apply anytime?

Yes! If you are interested in applying to our Repair Program, please fill out our Intake form. Click Here

How do participants pay for repairs?

Critical Home Repair Projects will be subject to a deferred loan that is paid upon sale or transfer of the home.

Minor Home Repair Projects are subject to a one- time $50 fee. All other costs are covered through grants or paid through the Fund for Humanity.

For Critical Home Repairs, Sweat Equity is the volunteer time participants invest in their home repair project. Participants contribute a minimum of 8 hours per project. Not all sweat equity is physical labor and we can accommodate all ages, abilities, and skill levels. Sweat Equity can include helping in the Habitat office, approved home repair workshops, preparing your house for repair and other approved volunteer activities.

Applicants applying for Minor Home Repair are required to give back a minimum of 2 hours support to the Habitat mission.  The type of support will depend on your interest and physical ability.

Some examples of Sweat Equity opportunities: 

  • Write, tell, or record the history of your community, then share it with a youth group and community members.
  • Write thank you notes for the affiliate.
  • Community involvement such as spearheading a community event.
  • Participate in a phone tree to check in on community residents.
  • Participate in a neighborhood watch.
  • Assist neighbors by helping with child care and homework or storytelling.
  • Help conduct outcome evaluation and surveys.
  • Starting a community garden or helping with a community clean-up day.

Homeowners must also participate in Home Maintenance education, this can be taken through Habitat at our office or offered in your home to cater specifically to your home maintenance needs.