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Overwhelmed with home repairs? You've come to the right place.

Rebuilding Together is working to ensure safe homes and communities for everyone. Download our paper application, program flier, or keep reading to find out if you meet our eligiblity guidelines.

You meet our basic qualifications if you... 

  • Live in the home you own that is located anywhere in Pierce County or the cities of Federal Way and Auburn,
  • Are up to date on the mortgage and property taxes at your home,
  • Your household qualifies as low-income (see table below), and
  • Someone in your home is elderly, a person with a disability, or a child under the age of 18.

How do Rebuilding Together South Sound's Programs Work?

Once we receive your complete application, our staff and volunteers will schedule a comprehensive assessment of repairs needed at your home. Following the assessment, applications selected for repair services will be accepted into one of our core programs:

National Rebuilding Day
(NRD)
 Projects are typically larger in scale, engaging approximately 20 or more volunteers per project to tackle a wide range of repair needs.
Repairs will occur on or around the last Saturday of April.
Safe @ Home
(S@H)
Projects involve smaller-scale, critical health and safety repairs
completed by skilled volunteers.
Repairs are completed throughout the year.
Tacoma Home Repair
(THR)
Projects involve smaller-scale, critical health and safety repairs
completed by staff and contractors.
Repairs are completed throughout the year for residents inside the City of Tacoma.

Consideration is given first to households that have not yet received any services from our organization, as well as seniors, persons with disabilities, and families with children who are unable to make their own repairs and who have no able-bodied family members to assist them.

Income Eligibility

To determine if you are income eligible, add up all the income sources for every adult living in your home before taxes, health insurance, garnishments, or other deductions are taken out. Compare that amount to the table below for your household size. Your income is eligible if your total gross household income is below the amount for your household size.

Household Size
(adults and children)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Maximum Gross
Monthly Income
$2,342 $2,675 $3,008 $3,342 $3,613 $3,879 $4,146

 

What does gross household income mean?

  • Total income before taxes and deductions like health insurance premiums are taken out.
  • Income from all adults ages 18 and over living in your house, including any renters. 
  • Every source of income including salaries, pensions/annuities, income/dividends, SSI/SSDI, and rent payments, even if the income source is non-taxable (VA Pension).
  • Adults receiving no income will need to complete a Declaration of Zero Income. If this applies to anyone in your home, please download the Delcaration of Zero Income form to include with your application as well as the ESD Self-Request for Records form to be mailed to the Employment Security Department. Please contact our office for copies of the ESD form if you need a stamped envelope.

What Repairs Will Be Considered?

Priority repairs have a direct benefit to the health and safety of your household. Following are examples of common projects:

  • Build deck, stairs, and ramps
  • Repair/replace hot water heaters
  • Repair minor to moderate plumbing leaks
  • Repair/replace broken windows, doors, and locks
  • Repair/replace heating system
  • Repair minor electrical hazards
  • Install grab bars, handheld shower wands
  • Install accessible products (comfort height toilet, lever handles)

Other projects may be considered on a case by case basis. Please call us with questions about specific or include information in your application. 

Rebuilding Together South Sound is limited in the type of work we can complete based on funding and volunteer availability. Large projects like roofing, painting, or major landscaping are primarily considered for our National Rebuilding Day program.

Rebuilding Together South Sound does not do structural repairs such as foundations, framing, new construction, or room additions. We also may not be able to work on projects that include repairing work that was done without proper permits.

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Visit our Find Help page and scroll down to Other Community Resources for more assistance. 

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