Providing Help with Home Repairs for Low-Income Families
Austin Habitat for Humanity’s Home Repair Program works to alleviate substandard living conditions and to preserve Austin and the surrounding area’s existing affordable housing stock through critical home repairs. The repairs are considered critical when they improve the health, safety, accessibility, and/or energy efficiency of residents and their homes.
How it Works
Austin Habitat for Humanity’s Home Repair Program fills an important need for alleviating substandard living conditions for low-income households. While our program is open to all households that meet our eligibility guidelines, our program typically serves seniors and people with disabilities who have limited resources to complete the repairs themselves.
Our program is available to low-income homeowner’s who own and occupy their homes in our service area. We currently serve the following areas:
- Corporate city limits of Austin, TX
- Travis County
- Bastrop County
- Caldwell County
- Hays County
We are able to perform repairs on homes that are freestanding, single family homes. We are also able to serve manufactured homes so long as the home is on a permanent foundation and the homeowner owns both the home and the land the house resides on.
Types of Repairs
Austin Habitat utilizes the nationally recognized Green and Healthy Home Initiative to provide a holistic, whole-house approach to critical repairs and to prioritize repairs based on the highest impact for clients. This program is not meant for cosmetic changes – it is meant to improve the safety, accessibility, and health of you and your home.
Repairs examples include:
- Installing smoke & CO detectors
- Roofing repairs/replacement
- Electrical repairs & upgrades
- Exterior siding
- Bathroom & accessibility modifications, such as installing grab bars & ramps, shower conversions, widening doorways
- Drywall & flooring repairs
- Replacing windows to meet fire safety code
- Heating & cooling
- Structural carpentry relating to structural integrity
- Diminishing common causes of respiratory illness including cockroach infestations, dust mites in old carpeting, mold, & improperly vented fuel burning appliances.
Am I Eligible?
To qualify for our program, you must meet the following criteria:
- Your house was not built by Austin Habitat for Humanity
- You own and occupy the home being repaired.
- Your home is located in our service area.
- Your home is more than 10 years old
- You are not more than 60 days behind on your mortgage payments, or in danger of foreclosure or being condemned.
- You are current on your property taxes (includes payment plans) or have a deferral.
- You have, or are willing to secure, homeowner’s insurance. *May be waived for households under 30% MFI
- You meet the income guidelines (80% MFI or below) based on # of residents in the home. *income is collected for all residents 18 years & older.
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Income will be verified by AHFH staff according to HUD guidelines during the application process.
- You or a representative are willing to attend a mandatory orientation session. *Reasonable accommodations will be made for those physically unable to attend.
- You agree to pay $150 program fee, due only after application approval and Scope of Work is agreed upon with AHFH staff. This fee helps cover the cost of a criminal background check, application processing, and in-home construction assessment.
Interested in Applying?
If you meet the above preliminary eligibility requirements and are interested in applying to our program, please follow these steps:
- Fill out an interest form.
Click the link below to fill out the Home Repair interest form online. This will add your name to our waiting list.
- Attend an orientation session.
Once your name is at the top of our waitlist, someone from the Home Repair team will contact you to invite you to a mandatory orientation session. You may send a representative to attend on your behalf, if you are unable to attend.
Please note, waitlist times will vary depending on the amount of available funding.
- Fill out a program application.
After the orientation, you will receive an application to fill out and return with the required supporting documentation within 30 days.
If your application is approved, a Home Repair staff member will schedule a home construction assessment with the homeowner to begin the repair process.
Austin Habitat for Humanity is a contracted partner with City of Austin Neighborhood Housing & Community Development’s G.O. Repair! Program. This funding makes it possible for our program to serve low-income homeowners within the Corporate City Limits of Austin, TX.