Neighborhood Revitalization & Home Repair

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NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION & HOME REPAIR

Sometimes existing homeowners need a little help to keep their homes in safe and working condition, and our Home Repair Program is here to lend a hand. We help renew Morris County homes and communities with this neighborhood revitalization program that identifies properties in need of rehabilitation, aiding families who may be unable to make repairs themselves.

The Home Repair Program serves low-income families by performing all components of interior and exterior construction, at properties that are owner-occupied, with the homeowner paying only the cost of the materials needed, a small administrative fee, the cost of any contract labor, such as plumbers or electricians, and any permit fees associated with the project.

The Home Repair Program, through the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, also works in communities to help revitalize neighborhoods and help residents with streetscaping, neighborhood cleanups and minor home repairs, such as painting porches, installing ramps or fixing, repairing or painting siding.

Morris Habitat offers several home repair products in its Home Repair Program:

  • 1. A Brush With Kindness

    The Home Repair Program’s A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) is a neighborhood revitalization/stabilization program designed to assist existing homeowners and neighborhoods with minor repairs, maintenance, painting, and landscaping or streetscaping. Projects are typically very minor and should cost less than $1000. A Brush with Kindness is a new program to Morris Habitat for Humanity that began projects in February 2013.

    Getting started: 4 easy steps!

    1. Potential applicants should read the FAQs for A Brush with Kindness
    2. Fill out the intake form or email spencer.reckford@morrishabitat.org for an application.
    3. Once the application is received and reviewed, The Home Repair Program Coordinator will inspect the home to assess the project requirements and cost, which will be added to the application.
    4. The applicant’s information and the project requirements and cost will be evaluated for qualification for the A Brush With Kindness program. A status letter will be sent to the applicant within 30 days.
    5. Once funding is secured for eligible projects, a contract will be signed and work will be scheduled.
  • 2. Critical Home Repair

    The Home Repair Program’s Critical Home Repair component offers major and minor home repairs and improvements necessary for restoring and maintaining safe and healthy living conditions, weatherization purposes and maintaining home values. Volunteer teams work under the direction of Habitat staff and Volunteer Supervisors to complete the repairs. Morris Habitat for Humanity has completed 80 home repairs since its inception in 1985. The Home Repair program accepts home repair projects that do not exceed $5000 and should be targeted to one specific repair per application.

    Getting started: 4 easy steps!

    1. Potential applicants should read the requirements for Home Repair
    2. Fill out the intake form or email spencer.reckford@morrishabitat.org for an application.
    3. Once the application is received and reviewed, The Home Repair Program Coordinator will inspect the home to assess the project requirements and cost, which are added to the application.
    4. The applicant’s information and the project requirements and cost will be evaluated for qualification for the Critical Home Repair program. A status letter will be sent to the applicant within 30 days.
    5. Once funding is secured for eligible projects, a contract will be signed and work will be scheduled.
  • 3. Weatherization

    The Home Repair Program’s Weatherization component offers weatherization projects and improvements necessary for making homes more energy efficient. Volunteer teams work under the direction of Habitat staff and Volunteer Supervisors to complete the repairs.

    Getting started: 4 easy steps!

    1. Potential applicants should read the requirements for Weatherization
    2. Fill out the intake form or email spencer.reckford@morrishabitat.org for an application.
    3. Once the application is received and reviewed, The Home Repair Program Coordinator will inspect the home to assess the project requirements and cost, which are added to the application.
    4. The applicant’s information and the project requirements and cost will be evaluated for qualification for the Weatherization program. A status letter will be sent to the applicant within 30 days.
    5. Once funding is secured for eligible projects, a contract will be signed and work will be scheduled.
  • 4. Quick Response

    The Home Repair Program’s Quick Response Program was developed after Hurricane Sandy. The program offers home protection services immediately following a disaster (including hurricane, flood or fire). The program’s goal is to help homeowners protect their home from further damage by protecting it from the elements. Examples of the work that could be provided are: tarping roofs, pumping basements of water or boarding up broken windows. This is not a home repair service; this service is only offered to help prevent further damage. Homeowners would be responsible for any materials needed (tarp, boards for windows). Project should not cost more than $1000.

    Applying: 4 easy steps!

    1. Potential applicants should read the requirements for Home Repair
    2. Fill out the intake form or email spencer.reckford@morrishabitat.org for an application.
    3. Once the application is received and reviewed, The Home Repair Program Coordinator or Habitat Volunteer Supervisor will inspect the home to assess the project requirements, materials and cost, which are added to the application within 24 hours.
    4. The applicant’s information and the project requirements and cost will be evaluated for qualification for the Quick Response Program. A status letter will be sent via email or fax to the applicant within 1-2 days.
    5. Once funding is secured for eligible projects, a contract will be signed and work will be scheduled and completed within 7 business days.
  • 5. Neighborhood Revitalization

    Morris Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program offers an option for neighborhoods throughout Morris County a chance to improve their community through a partnership with Morris Habitat, neighbors, local organizations and businesses and other local entities. This will happen through community engagement and offers an opportunity for community cleanups, streetscaping, community parks and other community-based projects. Through the Neighborhood Revitalization program, individual homeowners could also qualify reduced repair products, such as painting porches, installing ramps or fixing, repairing or painting siding.

    If you think your neighborhood would benefit from Neighborhood Revitalization, or to see if you neighborhood would qualify for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, contact Spencer Reckford at 973-891-1934, or by emailing: spencer.reckford@morrishabitat.org.

  • 6. Wharton Home Repair Program

    The Wharton Repair Program, a collaboration between the Borough of Wharton and Morris Habitat for Humanity, began in 2015 to provide home repairs for lower-income property owners who reside in the Borough of Wharton, who cannot obtain the repairs in any other way in order to continue to live in a decent, affordable home. The goal of the program is to provide homeowners with a means to address much needed repairs and upgrades to their homes, as well as making homes handicap accessible. Our focus for the Wharton Repair Program is a series of short-term projects dedicated to repairing homes of those who, due to a combination of financial hardship, age, and disability, cannot do the work.

    Morris Habitat for Humanity works to provide services to the entire community through collaborating, planning and participating in Neighborhood Clean-up Days, Community Forums and Streetscaping activities. The program provides home repair services such as roof replacement, furnace replacement, handicap access and other major repairs related to health or safety. All improvements are completed by Morris Habitat volunteers under the guidance of our professional construction supervisors. The Wharton Repair Program utilizes funds from the Borough’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, volunteers and donations for home repairs, helping to lower the costs of needed repairs while assisting lower income homeowners and residents to continue to live independently and securely in their homes and community.

    The Wharton Repair Program is designed to revitalize the appearance of the neighborhood, encourage positive connections within the community and most importantly, help preserve the Borough’s affordable housing stock.

    Getting started: 4 easy steps!

    1. Potential applicants should read the requirements for the Wharton Home Repair Program
    2. Fill out the intake form or email spencer.reckford@morrishabitat.org for an application.
    3. Once the application is received and reviewed, The Home Repair Program Coordinator will inspect the home to assess the project requirements and cost, which are added to the application.
    4. The applicant’s information and the project requirements and cost will be evaluated for qualification for the Critical Home Repair program. A status letter will be sent to the applicant within 30 days.
    5. Once funding is secured for eligible projects, a contract will be signed and work will be scheduled.

Questions?

To find out if your home qualifies, or to obtain an application, fill out the Intake Form below, or contact Spencer Reckford at 973-891-1934, spencer.reckford@morrishabitat.org.

  • Intake Form

    1. Do you own the home / can show proof that you are paying a mortgage for the property? (required)

    If YES - Continue to #2
    If NO - Skip the following questions and fill in the Application Information section at the bottom if you would be interested in receiving materials on how to become a homeowner

    2. Are property taxes paid and up to date?

    3. Is the property in foreclosure?

    4. Are you in bankruptcy?

    5. Do you plan to stay in your home?

    6. Do you have homeowner's insurance?

    7. Do you own more than one home?

    8. What is your Gross Household Income?

    9. What are your total assets? (must be less than $173,843, not including home)

    10. What work is needed on your home? (Check as Many as Appropriate)

    If Other was checked above, please describe:

    Applicant Information:

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