Home Preservation Program

The Home Repair Program helps low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners preserve and improve the safety, sanitation, accessibility and code-compliance of their home.  By offering home improvements for a low cost, the program will help preserve and ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing in our community.

Home Repair Program repayment will be based on household income. A sliding scale will determine the direct cost for partner families. The partner family will be responsible for 15-30% of the actual cost of repair, net of any gifts, grants, or donations of labor and materials. This amount will be repaid to West Tuality Habitat for Humanity.

Exact repayment terms will vary, but the monthly payment, if any, will be based on income and current expenses, and will be affordable, not burdensome.

It is the policy of West Tuality Habitat for Humanity to collaborate with the homeowner and other local agencies in order to maximize the amount of repair which can be done for the least amount of repayment.  We encourage you to apply to these programs simultaneously.  PLEASE NOTE:  clicking on the links below will take you away from the West Tuality Habitat for Humanity website. 

                Washington County HARDE and DIBLE

https://www.co.washington.or.us/CommunityDevelopment/HousingRehabilitation/index.cfm

 

Community Action

                https://caowash.org/find-help/find-help-home.html

 

  ReBuilding Together

                https://www.togwc.org/homeowner-support/repair-programs/

 

    Forest Grove Old Town Church

                https://oldtownfg.com/outreach/

 

Types of Repair Services we typically provide:

Exterior paint

Siding repair or replacement

Yard cleanup

Ramps

Rails, grab bars

Disability access modifications

Eligibility Requirements and Program Guidelines

Applicant must be a homeowner in our service area and must reside in the house.

Our service area includes all of western Washington County west of Hillsboro.

The household must qualify as a Low-Income household according to standards established each year by HUD.  You will be asked to provide income information for all household members 18 and over.

If you have non-retirement savings of $15,000 or more ($20,00 of non-retirement savings for elderly households) you may be required to contribute a portion of your savings towards the cost of the repair.  Retirement savings are exempt.

Partner families assist in their repair project by providing “sweat equity.”  Your sweat equity requirements will be tailored to your particular set of skills and capabilities. Don’t worry, no construction experience is needed!

Some repairs, including but not limited to plumbing, electrical, and structural, will be done by licensed contractors.

West Tuality Habitat for Humanity utilizes the services of many volunteers and donated labor and materials.

We will never show up at your house without having first made an appointment to do so.  This is for your safety and security.

We will complete an assessment of your home repair needs based on your request for services and our observation of conditions in your home.  From that, we will develop a proposed Scope of Work which includes our proposal for how each portion of your project will be funded, and an estimate of your estimated repayment amount and terms.  You can decide to proceed with all, part, or none of the proposed service.

As a condition of approval, homeowners must sign a media release. This release authorizes us to place temporary signs in your yard, take photos of you, your home, our volunteers at work on your home, and the repairs before and after, to collect “your story,” and to use these photos and your story in order to secure funding and promote the Home Repair program.

For questions or information about the Home Repair Program, please contact our Special Projects Coordinator, Laura Altermatt, at 503-359-8459.