Home Repair Program

How to Apply for Home Repairs

The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) Home Repair Program helps low-income homeowners alleviate health and safety issues in and around their home by providing repairs and non-cosmetic improvements.  Through our Home Repair Program, homeowners are able to reclaim their homes with pride and dignity.  The program aligns with Habitat LA’s desire to serve more households in a manner consistent with the organization’s principles, values and mission.

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Habitat LA currently has limited funding available for veteran households. This includes households with a veteran homeowner or a caregiver to a veteran household member. Applications are accepted throughout the year with projects completed as funds and volunteers become available. Participant selection is based on the financial need of the homeowner and the condition of the home. Funding is limited and not all qualified applicants will be selected.

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Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must own a home within the Habitat LA service area
  2. Household income must be within income eligibility guidelines (see chart below)
    • Household income will be determined by assessing income for all members listed on an application and all dependents reported on applicant’s federal income tax forms
  3. Home must demonstrate needs for repairs
  4. Home must be owner-occupied and serve as the primary residence of applicant(s) or qualifying household member(s)
  5. Owners of multiple real estate properties are not eligible
  6. Home may be single-family residences, condominiums or manufactured homes
    • Multi-Family Residences (Duplexes, Apartment Buildings, etc.) are NOT eligible
  7. Homeowners and/or household members must be willing to complete 24 hours of Sweat Equity
    • Sweat Equity is a valuable tool in building the partnership between homeowners, volunteers, and Habitat LA staff. Homeowners are credited with Sweat Equity hours for working alongside staff and volunteers whenever possible, being available to meet with Habitat LA staff or designated contractors, being present on site and/or being an active ambassador of Habitat LA and its programs
  8. Homeowners Must demonstrate that the following items are current:
    • Mortgage Loan Payment
    • Homeowner’s Insurance
    • Property Taxes
  9. Homeowners must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident

2014 Income Eligibility Guidelines

Number of People in Household 1 2 3 4 5 6
Maximum Income Limit $45,650 $52,200 $58,700 $65,200 $70,450 $75,650

A Partnership

The Home Repair Program  is a partnership that relies on the homeowner’s involvement and participation. If selected for home repairs, homeowners must be willing to partner with Habitat LA in a variety of ways, including:

  1. Signing a Homeowner Neighborhood Covenant – homeowners pledge to partner with Habitat LA and perform the expected commitments of the program
  2. Completing 24 sweat equity hours – the homeowner, a household member or friend of the homeowner must be on site and willing to work in various capacities throughout the duration of the home repairs, as well as perform approved non-construction activities

Home Repairs Offered

Habitat LA offers both interior and exterior repairs to eligible households. Repairs are completed by construction staff, volunteers and partner vendors. For a list of eligible repairs and exclusions, see below:

NON-VETERAN HOUSEHOLDS

VETERAN HOUSEHOLDS

Exterior scraping, caulking and painting Installation of new driveway/flatwork
Window repair (new screen, glass, glazing) Extensive siding and trim repair and replacement; replacing wood members
Minor siding replacement and trim repair Replace wood damaged by termites and dry rot, including sill, frames, etc
Minor roof patch or soffit/fascia replacement Major replacement or repairs of housing and garage roof and structural members
Wood or board replacement for porch, stair or ramp Floor and wall repair/replacement
Fencing repair or replacement Window repair or replacement
Deck repair, polyurethane, sealant Porch, deck or wheelchair ramp construction
Minor concrete repairs Installation of mechanical, plumbing, or electrical components or service
Minor drainage issues Supporting existing structural members
Door replacement for house or garage Ceiling repairs
Landscaping (pruning, trimming, removal, planting, weeding, reseeding) Venting issues for kitchen and bathroom
General cleanup, brush/junk removal Substantial garage repairs
Weather-stripping at doors Weather-stripping at doors
Caulking and foaming cracks and gaps at the doors and windows Caulking and foaming cracks and gaps at the doors and windows
Insulating openings, attics, crawlspaces, etc. to eliminate heat loss Insulating openings, attics, crawlspaces, etc. to eliminate heat loss
Adding or replacing door seals Adding or replacing door seals
Insulating pipes and duct work; wrapping water heaters Insulating pipes and duct work; wrapping water heaters
Where applicable, applying insulation in walls
Assessing energy use in the house

REPAIRS HFH GLA WILL NOT PERFORM:

  1. Foundation repairs
  2. Cosmetic or decorative repairs or modifications
  3. Repairs on homes with unpermitted/illegal additions
  4. Repairs on homes that are uninhabitable or with significant deterioration and/or damage
  5. Repairs on multi-family units
  6. Repairs on any home which Habitat LA deems unsafe for staff, volunteers or contracted professionals
  7. Repairs on boats or recreational vehicles (RV’s)

For more information about our Home Repair Program, please contact the Homeowner Relations Department at (424) 246-3640.