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Home Repair Assistance
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Listed below are organizations that specialize in emergency home repair and home maintenance assistance.  For the city or county programs, the applicant must be 100% the owner, at least 62 years old and/or disabled, which is verified by Social Security Disability (SSI), and the taxes on the house must be current.  The property must not be in the flood plain.
Some programs will help only with emergency repairs.  In general, an emergency repair is usually considered a problem that has arisen within the past 72 hours.  However, each organization has their own guidelines, which may change according to their funding ability, so call and ask each agency first. 

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Repair Programs: For cities and county

Water Conservation Kits
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Wheelchair Ramps and Home Modification


HarrisCounty Community Services Department 
 

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Call 713-578-2059 to request an application.
 


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Information on Lead Control
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Harris County Public Health Lead-based Paint Information

City of Houston, Department of Housing and Community Development (713) 868-8400
Repair prevention from flooding
For information on Harris County flood control preparation, click here
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The city of Houston Non-Emergency Helpline - 311

Stop Trashing Houston
helps with trash removal. 
They offer programs and services for Houston residents.   Click here for more information.
Rebuilding Together Houston 
This program does home repairs only for seniors over 62 years old, disabled individuals, and individuals with low-fixed incomes.  The Harris County residents must own the home that they live in and be current on their property taxes. 
Click here to send an email for help.
Baytown Community Development 
(281) 420-5390
This program offers housing rehab and repairs, only within the Baytown city limits.
Gulf Coast Community Services 
(713) 393-4745
This program offers minor home repair for seniors over 62 years old and disabled residents of Harris County, who are the property owners.
Wheelchair Ramps and Home Modification
Gulf Coast Home Safety and Security 
(713) 393-4745
Rebuilding Together Houston 
This program does home repairs only for seniors over 62 years old, disabled individuals, and individuals with low-fixed incomes.  The Harris County residents must own the home that they live in and be current on their property taxes.  Click here to send an email for help.
Pasadena Community Development 
(713) 475-7243
Air Conditioners

City of Houston  (713) 868-8400

To be eligible for the City of Houston's Beat the Heat program, residents must be at least 62 years old or disabled, verified by Social Security Disability, have title of the home in their name, have lived in the home for more than 6 months, and meet income guidelines:  for example a single person can not make more than $1,700 a month.  

Building and Supplies
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Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County (281) 820-2307

For information on how to partner and get help building your new home contact:  

Habitat Northwest Harris County ReStore  (832) 327-1120
13572  State Hwy 249 Suite C, at Bammel North,  Houston 77086
Open to the Public:  Great prices on building materials, furniture, and appliances!
 
Houston Habitat for Humanity   (281) 850-7780
Building new homes for low-income families.
Houston Habitat Building Supply Outlet  (713) 643-1100
6161 S. Loop East,  Houston 77087
This is a great resource for inexpensive building materials and supplies.
Open to the public. 
Store hours:  Monday, 8 AM to 6 PM;  Saturday, 8 AM to 4 PM
Habitat for Humanity ReStores across Texas
City of Houston, Department of Housing and Community Development  
Minor & Major Repair - Waiting list
(713) 868-8400
 
Weatherization:
Sheltering Arms logoSheltering Arms Senior Services provides home weatherization measures and assistance with utility bills to help seniors continue to live independently in their own homes.

Weatherization service includes wall and attic insulation, solar screens, doors, windows, caulking, weather stripping, and some heating and cooling appliances.  Home weatherization increases the efficiency of the fuel used in heating during winter and cooling in summer, providing the client with reduced fuel costs.  The weatherization program is open to low income households in Harris County with preference given to the elderly and disabled, and families with young children.  For more information, call (713) 685-6577 Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 12 PM.

New clients must apply for utility assistance. Tuesday and Thursday from 9am - 12 pm.  Please note it process will take 2-3 months.

The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is administered by Sheltering Arms Senior Services and is a federally funded program assisting low income families with young children, seniors (60+) and the disabled with the payment of gas and electricity bills.  Recipients of these funds must qualify by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' minimum income standards.

For more information, call 211 or an agency that services your zip code.
 

 
For home seasonal weatherization ideas, click here.
 
Lead Based Paint Hazard Control: 
Lead based Paint is Hazardous to Your Health 

Harris County's Public Health and Environmental Services' Lead Hazard Control Program 
(713) 439-6000

Harris County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention 
(713) 439-6000

HUD Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control

Pamphlet on Lead Control by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 
Military Families
American Red Cross Greater Houston  (713) 526-8300 
 
Bear Creek Assistance Ministries   (281) 855-0014
 
Texas Veteran Land Board  1-(800) 252-VETS
Home Improvement Loans 
Ask about land to purchase and other VA programs.
 
Water-Saver Conservation Kits
For free water-saver conservation kits, contact the Public Works Utility at the City of Houston.   Call (713) 837-0311.
 
Home Repair and Design:  Ways to make your home safer and comfortable, while aging in place.  This information is provided by AARP.
 
Alert:  The Housing Resource Center does not endorse any of these vendors.  You are strongly encouraged to call the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints on file and to  personally check vendor references.  If you have a problem with a vendor, please email your comments to us for our Community Alert Bulletin Board. 
 

From: HUD USER News
 
Housing rehabilitation is an important component of any strategy aimed at meeting the nation's affordable housing needs. Keeping a home in good working order or bringing one back from a state of disrepair promotes both sustainability and affordability with every stroke of the hammer and every plumb line snap. Pursuing a high quality rehab or renovation can also result in homes that are better able to withstand storms and other natural disasters.
 
With affordability, sustainability, and durability in mind, we'd like to call your attention to a set of popular guidebooks published by HUD that describe state-of-the-art techniques, materials, and technologies for housing rehabilitation. The nine-volume series, known collectively as The Rehab Guide, was developed under the auspices of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH). Each volume is devoted to distinct elements of a house and covers a range of issues common to that element. For example, the first volume is titled Foundations, and covers topics from the design and engineering aspects of rehabilitating foundation systems to shoring and repair, waterproofing, crack repair, drainage, and insulation. The other titles reflect the building systems and components they address: Exterior Walls (vol. 2), Roofs (vol. 3), Windows & Doors (vol. 4), Partitions, Ceilings, Floors & Stairs (vol. 5), Kitchens & Baths (vol. 6), Electrical/Electronics (vol. 7),
HVAC/Plumbing, (vol. 8), and Site Work (vol. 9).
 
The content presented in this series has been drawn from a wide array of reliable construction industry sources, as well as from well-respected technical trade publications. Clearly written, generously illustrated, and easy to use, the guides are spiral bound to permit them to lie flat... on a workbench, coffee table, or drawing board near you!
 
Copies of the guidebooks can be downloaded for free at
http://www.huduser.org/publications/destech/rehabgds.html or call 800-245-2691, option 1.
 

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