Second Ward Community Revitalization

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Rebuilding Together Houston is joining the City of Houston's Complete Communities initiative in the Second Ward by repairing the homes of qualified homeowners at NO COST to the homeowners. Our work helps Houstonians stay in their homes by mitigating health and safety hazards and improving the home's overall stability.

Each home repair can cost up to $25,000. Please support our efforts today and donate!

Interested in volunteering? Fill the application below and make a difference.

If you’re a homeowner and believe you qualify, please contact our office at (713) 659-2511.

Types of Repairs

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Roof Repairs

Professional, licensed contractors replace damaged or leaking roofs.

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Home Leveling

Professional, licensed contractors repair the structural system of the house, repairs can include leveling and floor repair .

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Interior Safety Upgrades

At each inspection we evaluate the need for safety modifications. Our priorities include ensuring safe ingress and egress of the home, increasing indoor air quality, installing fire safety aides, and mitigating trip and fall hazards.

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Exterior Repairs

If needed, volunteers seal the envelope of the home: scraping, caulking, and painting exterior walls; repairing siding and fascia; and securing doors and windows.

 
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What you need to know about the application and repair process:

 
  • The Rebuilding Together Houston application is a 2 step process, both the homeowner and the home must qualify. If either the home or the homeowner does not qualify, Rebuilding Together Houston will not be able to complete repairs.

  • The services provided by Rebuilding Together Houston are completed at no cost to the homeowner.

  • The work completed by Rebuilding Together Houston contractors and volunteers is designed to return your home to a safe and livable condition--not to make cosmetic or convenience upgrades or to return it to prior conditions.

  • In order to serve as many of our neighbors as possible to meet the requirements of our grants, repairs are chosen in priority order to focus on your safety. Repairs are limited. 

  • If your electrical or plumbing systems are repaired, Rebuilding Together Houston must bring the entire system up to code, even if the system is not damaged. This is required by law.

1. Screening: Home owner qualification and home eligibility

 

First Step:  Qualification of the Homeowner

This includes completion of an application and receipt of all the supporting documentation listed on the first page of the application document.  Once all documents are received and vetted by our Intake Specialist, the application will move to Step 2.

Second Step:  Qualification of the Home

A RTH Housing Inspector will visit the home to identify the extent of repairs required to return the home to a “livable condition”.  During that meeting, the homeowner will acknowledge that they understand what work may be completed. Not all homes will be qualified.  To learn more about eligibility, homeowners may contact our office at info@rebuildinghouston.org or by phone at 713-659-2511.


2. Contract Work

For some homes, professional contractors will perform roofing, electrical, plumbing, and technical work called for by the inspector.  For services provided by a Contractor, an RTH representative will contact you to review the planned work.


3. Final Inspection and Volunteer Work

When all specified work is complete, a Rebuilding Together Houston housing inspector will complete a final inspection for homeowner review and signature. Warranties will be provided by contractors for certain aspects of work (e.g. roofs).

At this time, RTH inspectors will assess your home for potential volunteer repairs. Some homes will be repaired entirely by volunteer teams. It can take numerous days for volunteer work to be completed.


If you are not a resident of the Second Ward, but need help with home repairs. We are also taking applications for the following:

  • Contract work and exterior repairs for U.S. Military Veterans

  • Residents of Independence Heights impacted by Harvey

If you think any of these may apply to you, please call our office at (713) 659-2511 for more information.