The Home Preservation Program provides minor home repair and maintenance to owner occupied homes. These types of projects are typically volunteer friendly and focus on preserving the home and safety of the homeowner, while improving the community as a whole. Home Preservation is offered in communities and areas that Habitat for Humanity designates for community impact and neighborhood revitalization.
Eligible projects may include:
- Gutter Cleaning
- Minor repairs
- Moss, brush and debris removal
- Fence replacement/repair
- Walkway repair
- Handrail installation
- Gutter siding cleaning
Home Preservation Program Qualifications and Requirements
- Applicants must own and occupy the home for a minimum of one year and live in a specific community targeted for Home Preservation.
- Must show proof of income for all household members. Income must not exceed 80% of the AMI.
- Proof of current homeowner’s insurance.
- Homeowner must contribute 2 hours of sweat equity. This means helping with the project if able, or other approved community volunteer activities. Accommodations will be made for those with physical impairments or limited ability.
- A Home Maintenance training will provided by Habitat and required for homeowners.
- Homeowners will pay a $50 one-time fee at the time agreement contract is signed.
How To Apply for Home Repair Programs
- Intake Form: The first step is to fill out an intake form. An applicant can do this here on our website. If an applicant doesn’t have internet access, they can call our King County office at 206-866-7615 or Kittitas County office at 509-818-1974 to complete their intake over the phone.
- Full Application: Once we process their intake, we will determine if the applicant meets our basic requirements. If the applicant qualifies for the program, we will notify them and send them a full application. Once they turn in a completed application, and we approve it, we will contact them and set up a time for the site visit.
- Site Visit & Review: Someone from the repair team will schedule an appointment to visit the home and determine what kind of repairs need to be made and if the repairs fall within the scope of work. Also, during this phase, Habitat creates a plan for Critical Repairs, Home Preservation, and assesses Aging in Place work. Then creates a scope of work and project cost. Schedule is based upon urgency, weather, funding and the current pipeline of applicants.
- Repair: Habitat works to repair the home using Habitat staff, AmeriCorps, and possibly contractors and community volunteers.