Pikes Peak Habitat's Home Repair Program focuses on serving cost-burdened families, veterans, and seniors so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes for years to come.
How does our Home Repair Program work?
- Families partner with Habitat based on income, need, and willingness to help.
- We use volunteer labor, financial donations, and donated materials to keep costs low.
- We partner with other organizations to leverage existing community resources.
- Based on project costs and the Area Median Income (AMI) of the homeowner as detailed in this chart, the homeowner will be required to pay a down payment to Habitat prior to beginning the project and agree to an Owner-Occupied Retention Agreement, which will be forgivable as long as the homeowner does not sell the home for the term length of the agreement.
What kind of repairs will we do?
- Three Home Preservation Repairs* will be completed July 2020 - June 2021.
- These projects may include exterior work such as painting, patching, minor repair, landscaping, and replacement of exterior building materials.
- Three Critical Home Repairs* will be completed July 2020 - June 2021.
- These projects may include roofing, siding, window/door replacement, and repair, or deck and ramp installation and repair.
*We do not make repairs on mobile homes.
What is the Need for Repairs in El Paso County?
- Cost-Burdened Families – In Colorado, 160,000+ very low-income households pay over 50% of their income on housing. For an existing homeowner who is cost-burdened, home repairs are often an extremely low priority and the repairs are put off. This can lead to home structural issues, accessibility issues, and dangerous living conditions.
- Seniors (65 and over) – The fastest-growing age segment in both Colorado Springs and El Paso County are seniors, and this trend is projected to continue. Seniors are often on a fixed income who may not be able to afford costly repairs on their aging homes.
- Veterans – Colorado is home to over 400,000 veterans, with over 85,000 living in El Paso County, home to five military installations, including Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base.
Who Can Apply for the Program?
Demonstrate Need - Applicants must lack adequate resources or ability to accomplish exterior repairs projects on their own. Applicants must be seeking repairs for a home that they currently own and occupy.
Meet Income Guidelines - Applicants must demonstrate that household income is between 30% than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) detailed in this chart. Household income includes the income of all adults living in the home who are 18 years old or older.
Willingness to Partner - Applicants are required to turn in completed applications and each applicant is required to be present at their home and engaged while Habitat staff and volunteers are working on the repairs. Applicants must also complete 8 hours of "sweat equity" in assisting Habitat with their repair project. If there are multiple applicants, sweat equity can be shared. If the applicant can not perform the sweat equity, another occupant (18 or older) may complete the required hours at the discretion of the PPHFH Repair Program staff.
- The property must be located in El Paso County limits.
- The property must be owner-occupied.
- Homes constructed after 1977 may be subject to lead-based paint and therefore any work will be closely reviewed to address any lead abatement concerns.
- The property must not be in danger of foreclosure and the mortgage must be current.
- The homeowner must be a legal resident of the U.S.
- The homeowner must provide a non-refundable $25 assessment fee should their application proceed to the assessment stage.
- Homeowner MUST provide a certificate of current homeowner’s insurance.
- The homeowner has exterior home preservation or critical home repair need that falls under the scope of PPHFH’s Home Repair program.
- Homeowners and occupants older than 18 years of age are subject to a Sexual Offender Registration Checklist verification.
- The homeowner agrees to sign the PPHFH Home Repair Program Homeowner Agreement.
- The home, property, and the surrounding area must be deemed a safe working environment for the project and volunteers.
How Can You Help?
Donate today to help seniors, veterans, and cost-burdened families repair their homes. Your donation will help Pikes Peak Habitat build the Home Repair Program by funding needed equipment and individual repair projects.
Donate today to help preserve homes, revitalize neighborhoods, and build a better El Paso County!