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Does Your Home Need Repairs?


If you own your home – and you are unable or cannot afford to do needed repairs yourself – Rebuilding Together may be the answer. Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit, volunteer organization that provides repairs free of cost to homeowners in need. Skilled and unskilled volunteers do the work, which can include painting, plumbing, carpentry, and electrical work, during a weekend in April. These repairs are done at no cost to the homeowner.

Keep in mind that repairs are made by volunteers during the last weekend in April. Therefore, even if your house is selected, we may not be able to make all the repairs you request. Our House Leadership Teams will evaluate the requested repairs and do their best to match time and resources to the repairs.

How Does Rebuilding Together Work?


If you are an older or disabled person, or have small children living at home, and meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for this assistance. To be considered for selection in 2013, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You own the home that is in need of repairs
  • You currently live in the home that is in need of repairs
  • The home that is in need of repairs is within the county limits of Essex County, NJ
  • The total annual income of all income-earners living within the home (and not paying rent) is at or below the “low income” standards set by the Housing and Urban Development guidelines:

Rebuilding Together, Essex County, NJ will focus primarily on applications from homes with elderly, disabled persons, or small children. Additionally, in order to best utilize our financial and volunteer resources, we will priority consideration to neighborhoods that have at least four or more eligible applicants. Accordingly, the more applications that are sent from your neighborhood, the better your chances of having your home selected. So get your neighbors to send in their applications, too.

How Do You Apply?


To apply for assistance, you may complete the following form online and submit or you may print the form and mail it to Rebuilding Together, Essex County, NJ, P.O. Box 32171, Newark, NJ 07102.

If your home is selected, you must be willing to commit to a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer service with Rebuilding Together, Essex County, NJ either before or during the Rebuilding Weekend. Volunteer service can include working with us to repair your own home or assisting with administrative tasks for the overall program, including mailings and telephone calls. If you are unable to volunteer time yourself, family and friends can volunteer the required time for you.