WHO WE ARE

Rebuilding Together Baltimore

Rebuilding Together Baltimore is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing critical home repairs to low-income homeowners at no cost. We serve low-income seniors, families, and people with disabilities who live in the Baltimore area. Our goal is to make homes warmer, safer, and drier.

 

Rebuilding Together Baltimore is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading non-profit organization that works to preserve home ownership and to revitalize communities. Over 120 Rebuilding Together affiliates operate across the country.

 

Since 1989 we have mobilized over 20,000 volunteers to repair more than 1,600 homes in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Our work represents a cumulative value of over $10 million for the Baltimore area.

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WHO WE HELP

Across the country, more than 7 million low-income homeowners spend over half their income on housing. For these homeowners maintaining a safe and healthy home is an ongoing struggle that forces them to choose between critical home repairs and vital necessities such as food and medicine. Repairs provided by Rebuilding Together Baltimore enable seniors, families, and people with disabilities to continue to live in their homes in greater safety and comfort.

 

Rebuilding Together Baltimore is currently working in the Govans area in Baltimore City, and in collaboration with Southwest Partnerships in the Poppleton, Pigtown, Hollins Roundhouse, Union Square, Franklin Square, Mount Clare, and Barre Circle neighborhoods.  We are working county-wide in Baltimore County through the BCAUSE program .

 

To learn more about eligibility for our program, or if you have any questions, please call us at (410) 889-2710 or email us.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Rebuilding Together Baltimore


Rebuilding Together Baltimore is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1989. We provide home repairs to low-income homeowners who are seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. All repairs are provided at no charge to the homeowners. We have assisted over 1,600 households since we were founded.




How do you provide home repairs for free?


We receive generous financial support from the corporate community as well as the government and local foundations. We use this money to purchase the materials needed for the repairs that we do. Many of our repairs are done by volunteers, which saves thousands of dollars in labor costs.




That sounds a lot like “Christmas in April”. What ever happened to that program?


Rebuilding Together is the same as Christmas in April. We changed our name in 2000.




What kind of repairs do you do?


Repairs are prioritized base on the 8 principles of Healthy Housing: 1. Keep it DRY 2. Keep it CLEAN 3. Keep it PEST-FREE 4. Keep it SAFE 5. Keep it CONTAMINANT-FREE 6. Keep it WELL VENTILATED 7. Keep it MAINTAINED 8. Keep it THERMALLY CONTROLLED Repairs are also structured based on Rebuilding Together's 25 Health and Safety Priorities, which you can read here. Repairs can include roof repair, energy efficiency improvements, repair of safety hazards, and fall prevention interventions for seniors and people with disabilities. We can do many different types of repairs. What we do depends on the condition of the home, the availability of funding and the skills of our volunteers.




Is this like the TV show, “Extreme Makeover”?


No. We can’t rehabilitate or build an entire house like they do on TV. We target repairs that will make the home warmer, safer, and drier and contribute to community revitalization. The home will be more comfortable and safer to live in, and will probably look nicer, but it won’t be a complete makeover.




Is everyone who applies guaranteed to get help?


Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that everyone who applies will be accepted into the program. We have limited resources and have to prioritize homes based on need as well as the skills and abilities of our volunteers.




What do you expect from homeowners if their home is selected?


If a home is selected for work, we ask that the homeowner works with staff and volunteers to prioritize and plan the repairs. We also ask that any able-bodied residents of the home, or relatives who live in the area, be present to help volunteers with the repairs.