A BRUSH WITH KINDNESS
A Guide to Understanding Habitat’s Home Repair Programs
Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg doesn’t just build homes, it repairs them, too.
Here’s an explainer on the various repair program offered. All of Habitat’s repair programs are for exterior repairs only.
These are single-day home repair events in specific neighborhoods. Neighborhoods are determined by individual cities and counties in Hampton, Newport News and Williamsburg. Applicants must be homeowners who are aged 65 or older or disabled or veteran or low-income homeowners and live in the selected neighborhoods. During a Home Repair Blitz, experienced construction volunteers lead a group of volunteers to complete the home repairs. Residents can call 311 in Hampton and Newport News, to “nominate” a neighborhood. All labor and materials are provided for a nominal fee, no more than $100, to eligible homeowners thanks to generous community sponsors and volunteers.
In partnership with the Hampton Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Habitat’s home improvement matching grant program can provide as much as $20,000 per house as a “hand up,” not a handout. Applicants who are approved through the grant program pay a small portion toward the work that will range from $50 to no more than $2,000. Investors and renters pay no more than $10,000 total. Funds are available to all single-family and duplex residential property owners and renters regardless of income. Renters must have written permission from their landlord submitted with the application. Residents who live in qualifying Hampton communities each cycle can apply for the program by filling out an application package that is available at the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg and online at HabitatPGW.org/RockTheBlock.
Veteran Roof Project
In partnership with Habitat International, veteran homeowners with a DD214 can apply for a new roof for free. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Eligible veteran homeowners apply through Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, and after review, that application is passed to Habitat International, which works with Owens Corning to find a local qualified partner contractor to complete the repair. Owens Corning donates the materials. Habitat International works to find contractors who will donate labor.
For additional questions about any of the repair programs offered by Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, email email@example.com or call the Repair Line at 757-427-8415.
VOLUNTEER FOR A HOME REPAIR
To volunteer on this project, please visit our Volunteer Hub and register so we know your interest! We will email those volunteers who opt to receive Volunteer Alert emails via the Hub when we post the schedule. You may be emailed sooner if you are a skilled volunteer and can lead a group on a repair project.
DONATE AND PROVIDE MATERIALS AND SERVICES TO A HOME REPAIR
We are also always seeking donations of funding, resources and supplies (i.e. lumber, mulch, shrubs, brushes, ladders, shirts, lunches)! If you know of a community-minded business or resident that would like to sponsor any aspect of the Blitz, then please contact Maerine Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 757-913-5652.
SERVE AS A TEAM LEADER ON A HOME REPAIR
We continue to need more Team Leaders to support our community volunteers. We need your help in identifying skilled team leaders in the community to “adopt” a house during the next blitz. This is a great opportunity for skilled volunteers to lend a helping hand to homeowners in performing exterior repairs on homes.
Each home will be assigned one Team Leader, who will oversee the projects and volunteers on that home. All Team Leaders should be skilled in carpentry, general construction and/or home repair. Team Leaders will have to commit about 5-6 hours of prep time prior to the event, and also all day at the event Saturday at his or her assigned home(s), until the project is complete.
Would you or someone you know be willing to help serve the families of this community as a Team Leader? Please contact Maerine Mitchell (email@example.com) at 757-913-5652.
If you need interior repairs or renovations for your home, please use the contact information below.
- In Hampton, please call 3-1-1 or 757-727-8311 or click here for assistance.
- In Newport News, please call (757) 928-2657 or (757) 928-2654 for assistance.
- In the Greater Williamsburg area, please call the Community Resource Center at 757-229-2222.
- Other housing and support agencies can be found here.