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Rebuilding Together Houston

"Revitalizing Houston neighborhoods and improving the quality of life
one home at a time"

Rebuilding Together Houston (RT Houston) successor to PSI HomeSavers is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1982 that initiates and encourages private sector involvement in addressing affordable housing needs of qualified clients. Many elderly or disabled Houston homeowners are physically and financially unable to keep their houses in good repair. RT Houston’s main focus is delivery of essential home repairs to extend the life of and correct health and safety hazards in the house. Low-income neighborhoods we serve include Acres Homes, North Side, Fifth Ward, Kashmere Gardens, Settegast, Third Ward, Sunnyside and communities outside loop 610 in east Harris County.

RT Houston offers four home repair programs in response to these needs. Completing up to four million dollars of repair projects annually at no cost to clients, RT Houston provides significant results in affordable housing revitalization in Houston. Funded by donations and grants from corporations, churches, foundations, in-kind contributions, sweat of volunteer crews and public sector funds, over 97% percent of resources provided to RT Houston are delivered to clients as program benefits.

Volunteer Home Repair Program (VHRP)

Established in 1985, the VHRP delivers exterior restoration of homes by volunteer crews, rebuilding pride in ownership, a cornerstone of a sound neighborhood. Having repaired over 4,300 homes since inception, this program is a major Houston community service opportunity engaging over 5,000 volunteers each year. The VHRP is the only nonprofit volunteer-based effort in the City that provides a significant volume of exterior home restorations to low-income, elderly or disabled homeowners in the Greater Houston Area.

Exterior repairs are performed by volunteer crews sponsored by local corporations, churches, schools or civic associations with 15 – 25 people under direction of a crew leader(s). Volunteers are the heart beat of this program. RT Houston selects homes, defines the scope of work, provides repair materials, and couples the crew with the house by matching crew skill with work needed. The sponsor of the volunteer crew supplies tools, ladders, scrapers, paintbrushes, personal needs etc. Able-bodied relatives of the homeowner are expected to participate with the volunteer crew.

Homes are primarily one story and wood sided. Repairs range from scrape and paint to siding replacement, window repair and caulking, door and security lock installation, porch & step repair, wheelchair ramp construction and stabilizing pier and beam foundations. Program workdays are two Saturdays in April and two in October of each year.

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Roofs Over Houston (ROH) Program

Recognizing the critical need of a sound roof for a secure, dry environment, this program manages public sector grant funds when available and professional roofing contractors that restore roofs that are in deteriorated condition.

Structural work is done only if it restores the integrity of the roof. Gutters are not included in the scope of work. Fascia boards are replaced and primed as needed.

RT Houston has managed over 1,800 roof restorations, the majority by minority contractors, since this program commenced in 1996.

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Interior Repair Program (IRP)

This program corrects critical emergency conditions in systems in the home including electrical, plumbing, gas, sewer and heating – air conditioning hazards. Using contractors, up to 70% M/WBE qualified companies, over 2000 completed contracts have corrected life, health or safety issues in the homes of our qualified clients since 1997.

This program, as in the ROH Program, is offered when funds are available, usually from the public sector.

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Initiated in 2003, the Safer Home Program (SHP) delivers a range of modifications to homes of RT Houston clientele to reduce the risks of falling, hitting obstacles and to improve access. Items delivered, primarily by volunteer crews, range from new light bulbs and grab bars to wider doors and wheelchair ramps.

Cosmetic improvements are not considered in the ROH or IRP programs. Prospective clients are invited to call RT Houston directly to request emergency repairs and submit qualifications. Qualified clients may receive repairs in one or more of these programs.

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