A Community at Work Helping Others
The number of low-income homeowners increases each year. More families are placed in the position of choosing between vital necessities, such as food or medicine, or a roof that does not leak. Rebuilding Together Greater Harrisburg (RTGH) works to ensure that as many of those families as possible do not have to make these difficult choices.
The RTGH Board sets local goals for the major rehabilitation projects undertaken on National Rebuilding Day (Saturday, April 27, 2019). It is a one day project, wherein over 160 volunteers work on 12-14 homes throughout the community.
RTGH also provides year round home repair services throughout the year utilizing the skills of volunteers and/or contractors when needed.
RTGH reaches out to disabled homeowners to build ramps, install grab bars, and work on other home modifications to allow these homeowners to safely age in place.
Veteran’s Housing - Millions of U.S. veterans are in desperate need of repairs and adaptations to their homes. Rebuilding Together’s Veterans Housing was created to meet the growing needs of veterans from past and present wars. Rebuilding Together fills the gaps in modifications and repair services that retired and active service men and women struggle to meet. In partnership with corporate sponsors, Rebuilding Together’s Veterans Housing strives to provide safe and accessible housing for all low-income veterans.
Sometimes RTGH will do significant work preserving and revitalizing local non-profit facilities in central Pennsylvania.
During our 2017-2018 program year, RTGH volunteers repaired mobile homes; single dwelling and row homes for 72 family members in the following areas:
Fourteen (14)- City of Harrisburg
Two (2) – Community Gardens in Harrisburg
Seventeen (17) – Harrisburg, Steelton, Middletown, Dauphin and Hummelstown
Seven (7) - Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, Newville, New Cumberland and Boiling Springs
Three (3) – New Bloomfield & Shermans Dale
One (1) - Lebanon
268 volunteers donated 4,000+ hours
$200,000 leveraged value in free home repairs and modifications were delivered in homes by skilled and unskilled volunteers.
These homeowners--grandmothers caring for their grandchildren; disabled couples; single mothers; elderly widows/widowers and veterans of war are now able to live in a safe, warm and dry environment and remain independent and "age in place."
Homeowners must be low-income and elderly (over the age of 60), disabled, or families with children and veterans of war and unable to do the work themselves. To qualify, your name must be on the deed, be current on your property taxes and have exhausted all financial and family means to complete the repairs and your income is with the HUD guidelines.
The site selection process takes place locally, within broad national guidelines. Criteria are determined by the RTGH Board. Individual families are referred through neighborhood associations, local governement agencies, churches, synagogues, community organizations, and service groups, or by self-referral.
Repairs are free for homeowners; however, there is a limited budget per house.
Labor and many supplies are typically donated. Homeowners and family members are asked to welcome the volunteers into their homes and work alongside them if possible.
Funds come from generous individuals, corporations, labor organizations, foundations, civic organizations, churches, and synagogues that are interested in helping to build a better world. The RTGH Board and volunteers do fundraising, publicity, volunteer recruitment, and management. RTGH is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization supported by voluntary contributions of time and money. Every dollar given is wisely spent and is an investment in building a better America.
Yes. All contributions are tax-deductible. Contributions can be sent to Rebuilding Together Greater Harrisburg, Inc. 251 Verbeke Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. We also welcome your comments and suggestions.