What We Do

Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities.

Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs and home modifications – at no cost to the homeowner – thanks to the work of generous volunteers and financial donations from organizations, corporate sponsors and individuals.

If you:

Are a  homeowner in Bergen County or Passaic County;

Are in good standing in your mortgage (not in foreclosure);

Are within the HUD Low Income Limits (Learn about what this means here);

Reside full-time in the home where you are applying for assistance

To apply for assistance, download the appropriate application by clicking on its title:

Home Improvement Application  For critical home repairs done during National Rebuilding Month in April. (Applications accepted May through October.)                             

Fire Safety Application  For the installation of 10-year-battery smoke alarms and (in addition, for seniors or anyone with disabilities) 10-year-battery carbon monoxide detectors).

Critical Needs Application  For immediate problems such as a leaking roof, lack of heat or hot water, non-working appliances; or the need for a wheelchair ramp.

Community Building Application  For nonprofit and community organizations (particularly those that serve seniors, veterans, children at risk, or anyone who is low-income) that need help repairing or improving their buildings and/or outdoor spaces (e.g., community garden or playground).

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

Rebuilding Together’s core home-repair work varies according to the needs of the homeowner and the condition of the home.

We can provide home modifications to help seniors age in place. This might include grab bars, tub or shower seats, raised toilets, additional hand rails, fall prevention modifications, wheelchair ramps, widened doorways, lever handles and more.

With our partners from Electricians Local 164, we repair and upgrade electrical work and install smoke- and carbon monoxide detectors where needed.

Using skilled plumbers and carpenters, we can tackle critical plumbing and building issues.

Through our fire-safety program we provide and install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, as needed for seniors and others unable to do this on their own. We also provide fire-safety education for individual homeowners and for groups. 

Our asthma-reduction and education efforts help remove allergens and help families understand the causes of asthma and allergy-related illnesses.

Our energy-efficiency and weatherization modifications help homeowners save money on utility bills while keeping their homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

National Rebuilding Day

Our signature event, National Rebuilding Day, occurs on the last Saturday of April. Across the country, Rebuilding Together affiliates plan projects that celebrate the organization’s mission and bring national attention to the plight of America’s low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live.

  • National Rebuilding Day is the culmination of a year of planning, evaluating, training, organizing and mobilizing hundreds of thousands of community volunteers. Community leaders and national corporate sponsors embrace it as a way to bring immediate impact to America’s communities in a single day.
  • On National Rebuilding Day, volunteers join local affiliate leaders to repair and restore houses and nonprofit facilities, revitalizing entire communities and making a lasting impression on the families who are served. For many volunteers, these positive experiences of helping their neighbors in need bring them back year after year.

The national impact generated on this day is strong, with volunteers completing more than 4,000 home and community center projects every year across the country. Nationally, over the course of the year, volunteers work on 10,000 homes.

Rebuilding Together North Jersey also experiences high-impact success on a local level with our neighbor-helping-neighbor model:

  • Each year, more than 300 volunteers repair approximately 10 area homes and serve dozens of individuals and families.
  • Local sponsors not only support National Rebuilding Day with a financial donation, but also mobilize employees, who volunteer to actively make a difference.
  • Nearly 150 members of IBEW Local 164 donate hundreds of hours of service to provide electrical repairs and modifications.

View our Federal 990 here.

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