Repairing Homes – Changing Communities
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area has primarily been known for building and selling affordable homes has expanded its work to include home repairs and other community improvements through a Neighborhood Revitalization Program. Our local efforts grew out of a nationwide initiative by Habitat for Humanity International to serve more families and change more lives in communities hit hard by the housing crisis.
Neighborhood Revitalization Mission
Neighborhood Revitalization affiliates [of Habitat for Humanity] serve more families by responding to community aspirations with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships, empowering residents to revive their neighborhoods and enhance their quality of life.
Neighborhood Revitalization Vision
Neighborhoods across the country are revitalized into vibrant, safe and inviting places to live for current and future residents. This will happen through the hard work of engaged citizens, partnerships with civic and business groups and a renewed community spirit.
A Brush with Kindness
Exterior work that includes painting, patching, minor repair, landscaping or replacement of materials for the purpose of maintaining good or sound condition.
- Exterior scraping, caulking and painting
- Window repair (new screen, glass, glazing)
- Minor siding and trim repair
- Minor roof repair and soffit or fascia replacement
- Board replacement in porch, stair or ramp
- Door replacement
- Landscaping (pruning and trimming, weeding, reseeding)
- Cleanup, brush/junk removal
- Weather stripping
Critical Home Repair
Extensive interior or exterior work performed to alleviate critical health, life and safety issues or code violations, including a change to or repair of materials or components; a reconfiguration of space; a modification for accessibility; installation or extension of plumbing, mechanical or electrical systems on an existing structure. Note: Painting is not a critical home repair.
- Interior and exterior work necessary to maintain the home
- Window replacement
- Extensive siding and trim repair or replacement
- Major roof repair or replacement
- Porch or wheelchair ramp construction
- Installation or extension of house systems (heating, electrical, plumbing, etc.)
- Floor and wall repair/replacement
- Foundation repair
Designed to improve the energy efficiency and overall indoor air quality and comfort of the structure, weatherization is a systematic repair process to an existing home based on a comprehensive energy audit, resulting in a defined scope of work.
- Interior and exterior work
- Replacement of windows and doors
- Caulking/foaming cracks and gaps
- Insulating openings, attics, crawlspaces, etc.
- Minor repairs to ventilation systems
- Adding or replacing door seals
- Insulating pipes and duct work; wrapping water heaters
- Applying insulation in walls