Frequently Asked Questions

As an affiliate of the nation’s largest volunteer home repair organization, Rebuilding Together Dayton works to build community partnerships and provide home rehabilitation for low-income Dayton area homeowners, particularly the elderly, so they may live in warmth, safety and independence.

The Vision: A safe and healthy home for every person.

Substandard housing is a growing problem in the U.S. The number of low-income homeowners is expected has grown to over 30 million. A large portion of these homeowners are older adults. Living on fixed incomes, these homeowners face difficult decisions, often choosing between food or essential home repairs (such as fixing a leaking faucet). The result is a loss of a homeowner’s independence, crumbling neighborhoods, increasing crime, and a drain on public resources. Rebuilding Together renovates the homes at no cost to the homeowners. One day of volunteer effort can make a tremendous difference in someone’s life.

As the largest volunteer home rehabilitation organization in America, Rebuilding Together works through 150 affiliates across the nation. In 2015, more than 105,340 women and men nationwide donated more than 780,126 million hours of time to rehabilitate 8,050 houses and non-profit facilities.

The Dayton affiliate has served local communities since 1996. During those 20 years, Rebuilding Together Dayton has renovated hundreds of homes across Dayton. In 2015 Rebuilding Together Dayton repaired 133 homes, 206 total residents, totaling 574 jobs and multiple community centers providing, an impact upon the community of nearly $$$$ dollars. Thousands of individuals gave of their time, energy and talent to make this possible over the years.

Rebuilding Together Dayton focuses on completing critical home repairs and accessibility modifications including carpentry, electrical work, plumbing repair, painting, cleaning, grab bars, handrails, trash removal and yard work.

Low-income older adults that own their home and are current with their property taxes who are unable to maintain their homes throughout Dayton and Montgomery County are eligible for assistance.

Rebuilding Together Dayton works with neighborhood and community organizations to select homes. Each homeowner must submit a completed application and documentation of household income. Each home is evaluated by a team of volunteers to assess the nature of the repairs needed. After these requirements have been satisfied, the necessary resources and volunteer work force will be recruited in order for a home to be selected for service.

All repairs are free for homeowners. Labor and many supplies typically are donated. Homeowners and family members are asked to welcome the volunteers into their homes and work alongside them to the extent possible. Rebuilding Together Dayton’s work is done with families and neighborhoods, not for them.

Generous individuals, corporations, foundations, labor organizations, civic and faith communities provide the resources vital to our endeavor. In-kind contributions of materials and services are also a significant resource for delivering a positive impact upon our communities. All contributions are fully tax deductible as Rebuilding Together Dayton is a non-profit 501(c)3.

You can find our sponsors on our Program Partners Page

Individuals and groups who share our passion donate their time, talents, and resources to make this vision a reality. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older, as the majority of our projects are inappropriate for young children. While many volunteers are skilled in the building trades, many others are needed to register volunteers, swing a paintbrush or perform other tasks. Skilled volunteers are available on each worksite and eager to help volunteers acquire new skills. Please fill out our Volunteer application.

Interested applicants should either print or call for an application (937) 223-4893. Once a completed application has been submitted, with accurate proof of income, the application will be put on our in process list. Once the application comes up our Project Manager will call to schedule an appointment for an assessment. Once the assessment has bee complete the recipient will be notified if we will be able to assist them. If we are able to provide assistance the recipient will be contacted by a contractor to schedule a time to come to the home. The contractor will then submit a bid for the job to us, we will then approve or deny the bid. The winning contractor will then begin work on the project.

Our income guidelines depend on the funding source that is being used for the job.

Household size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
30% Area Median Income 13150 15000 16900 18800 20300 21800 23300 24800
50% Area Media Income 21900 25050 28150 31300 33800 36300 38800 41300
80% Area Median Income 35050 40050 45050 50100 54100 58100 62100 66100
200% Federal Poverty Level 23544 31860 40176 48504 56820 65136 73464 81780