Homeowner Focus Areas
Philadelphia’s high rate of poverty (26%) combined with its aging housing stock (half built before 1950), means an extraordinary number of homeowners live in substandard housing. In fact, there are 4,000 people on the City’s Basic Systems Repair Program waiting list. We accept applications from homeowners in targeted zip codes that meet our low-income criteria, with special focus on the following groups:
Older Adults (over the age of 60)
Philadelphia has the largest percentage of older adults among the country’s 10 largest cities (17.9%). The average household income for the seniors that Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (RTP) serves is $20,130—their fixed income primarily being social security. Older homeowners have significant barriers to maintaining their homes—they are not physically able to make home repairs and cannot afford to pay a contractor. While their house is an asset, they do not have the cash to keep up with the cost of fixing even minor repairs.
Physical Disability or Medical Hardship
Without proper home modifications, accessibility in the home can be difficult, and homeowners with mobility issues may become homebound. We work with volunteer occupational therapists to make homes accessible for the physically disabled. Most homes lack basic accessibility features that prevent disabled residents from living in safety and comfort. We do home safety assessments for elderly and disabled residents to audit potential deficits in the areas of mobility, endurance, balance, strength, coordination, vision, and/or cognition. These deficits reduce the ability of residents to safely care for themselves or increase their risk for falls and injury.
Multi-generation Families with Children
Children spend 70% of their time in their home. They often suffer the ill-effects of an unhealthy home, with symptoms such as asthma. They may live with grandparents on fixed incomes, limiting their ability to maintain a healthy home.
There are 22.7 million veterans in America, 5.5 million of which are disabled. Many struggle to readjust to civilian life after service, which often results in unemployment and homelessness.