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What is Rebuilding Together?

Rebuilding Together is the largest nonprofit, volunteer home rehabilitation organization in America with approximately 160 affiliates across the country. The organization is dedicated to creating a safe and healthy home for all people.

What is the mission?

Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities.

Our mission is accomplished through home improvements performed by volunteers and hired labor.

What is the impact of the Sacramento affliate since 1991?

5,267 homes improved
92 community facilities improved
Over  $16,000,000 value of improvements

Why is Rebuilding Together Sacramento needed?

Rebuilding Together is responding to a crisis in our country – an aging affordable housing stock and the growing number of people who, because of age, disability, or lack of resources, live in dilapidated or inaccessible housing. The correlation between household income and housing needs is undeniable, especially for lower income homeowners. The stats can’t be ignored:

* 76,000 homes in the city and county are substandard
* Falls are the leading cause of death among people 65 and over
* Home repairs and modifications decrease the incidence of home injury by 50%.

For additional info see “The Need” section in our website.

What services does the Sacramento affiliate provide?

Safe at Home: Minor repairs and safety modifications such as grab bars, shower seats, raised toilets, smoke and fire detectors and transition ramps. These services are provided year-round through our Safe at Home program.

Home Energy Conservation: Home Energy improvements such as weather stripping, caulking around windows and doors, foam insulation added to outlets, etc. These services are provided year-round through our Home Energy Conservation program.

Rebuild Day Events: Home and Facility Repairs conducted by volunteer groups during Rebuilding Day events. The largest events occur in the spring and fall. Smaller scale Rebuilding Days are scheduled throughout the year.

Who is eligible to apply for services?

The eligibility requirements vary slightly for each program, but typically the recipient must be low-moderate income and own their home.

The Safe at Home modification service is available for a fee for people who do not meet the low-income guidelines.

How are the applicants chosen to receive free services?

Applicants are selected based on the condition of their home, income verification, and need.

Who pays for the repairs?

Rebuilding Together can provide free services for low-income homeowners, through the use of volunteer labor and financial support of corporations, civic and religious groups and foundations.

Homeowners above the income guidelines can hire RTS to perform Safe at Home services.

Our cost-effective method of rehabilitating the housing stock results in a three-to-one return on each dollar donated.

How is the Sacramento affiliate managed?

A volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for providing organizational oversight. The staff is responsible for managing the organization’s operations and services.

How can I get involved?

Check out the website. There are numerous rewarding opportunities for volunteers and groups.

 
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