Who We Help

We know that   neighbors work hard to have a home that they can be proud of.  Our homes provide security for our families, a safe space where we can be ourselves, and a stake in our communities. For many, a home is an important part of our personal “American dream”. For most, they have always been physically and financially able to maintain their homes to keep them good condition.

But life happens and things change.  Illness, aging, economic hardships, the loss of income or a spouse can result in a family’s inability to continue to care for their home.  Many, particularly our seniors and disabled neighbors, are unable to handle the repair work themselves.  Over time, their homes deteriorate or become unsafe.

That’s where Rebuilding Together North Jersey can help.

“I would like to thank everyone at Rebuilding Together for choosing me as a recipient. I would’ve never been able to accomplish all the work that was done any time soon. I would also like to thank all the volunteers and all involved that gave up their time to come to my aid. The prep weeks prior to Rebuilding Day were very impressive. Rebuilding Day was amazing! Everything was so organized and done in an orderly fashion.”  – Mary Ann V., Midland Park

Rebuilding Together North Jersey assists low-income homeowners in Bergen and Passaic Counties, particularly:

  • seniors

  • the disabled

  • veterans or their spouses

  • members of the military

  • families with children.

We make home repairs and modifications that that improve the safety and health of the home.  Often, this allows seniors and the disabled to continue living independently and with dignity in their own home. 

“The work performed was professional and has allowed me to feel safe and more secure again.” – Josephine R., Mahwah


Our vision is “A safe and healthy home for every person”,
 and we are committed to helping all our homeowners get there.  As we improve the homes of our neighbors in need, we also help to strengthen and build better local communities in Bergen and Passaic Counties.  Repairs may include:

  • roofing, electrical and plumbing work

  • energy-efficiency improvements

  • modifications for mobility and accessibility

  • repairs for health and safety (mold, fall prevention, fire prevention, security, etc.)

  • modifications to assist the sight- or hearing-impaired

 

“The new windows, doors, and my new downstairs bedroom are a great help [that] will prove critical in the years ahead.” – Thomas W., Bogota

We have three program areas that help low-income homeowners stay safe, warm and dry in their homes:

Critical Needs Assistance:
Our critical needs program helps low-income homeowners who are having an urgent challenge with a single home issue. Examples include significant roof leaks, heating, health-related home modifications, and necessary appliance repairs.

Fire Safety:
We provide 10-year lithium battery powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for low-income seniors who are residents in Bergen and Passaic Counties. NOTE:  Renters may also qualify for this program.

Home Improvement / National Rebuilding Day:
Our signature program helps homeowners who have multiple issues in the home that prevent them from living in a safe and healthy environment.

To qualify for our programs, applicants must reside in the home, and should be planning on living in the home for the next five years.  Household earnings should not exceed the following HUD income limit guidelines: 

  • 1 person – $47,000

  • 2 people – $53,700

  • 3 people – $60,400

  • 4 people – $67,100

  • 5 people – $72,500

  • 6 people – $77,850

  • 7 people – $83,250

  • 8 people – $88,600

Homeowners:  Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Rebuilding Together North Jersey also helps community and nonprofit organizations that assist low-income residents.  

If you volunteer or work for a non-profit organization or community center in Bergen County or the City of Paterson and the facility needs repairs or renovations, download our Community Building Application here to be considered for assistance.

“We are so appreciative of the hard work that Rebuilding Together and your volunteers do – it means so much to us and, of course, the kids.” – Jerry Binney, President & CEO, Children’s Aid and Family Services

“The Bogota VFW has never received such a gift as the help that Rebuilding Together gave us.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!” – Alex Hernandez, Commander, VFW Post 5561

Neighborhood Builds:

Rebuilding Together welcomes the opportunity to help revitalize entire neighborhoods.   We look for recommendations from community groups (block associations, senior centers, houses of worship, municipal groups) to help us find targeted areas (a one- to four-block area) with multiple projects in a single neighborhood in need of our assistance.

If your group would like to recommend and advocate for a particular neighborhood, please call us (201-447-8886) for more information about our Target Community Application.

“They are helping a lot of people and bringing the town back to how it was or even better than it was.”
– Frank Smith, Captain, Moonachie First Aid and Rescue Squad and Hurricane Sandy victim

What Our Homeowners Are Saying:

“I cannot thank you enough for all the work that you provided. Without your organization, I would neer have been able to make the necessary repairs and improvements to my home.” – Blanche S., Hackensack

“[Everyone] went above and beyond not only to rebuild the structure of our home but to heal our hearts as well.” – Katrina G., Mahwah

“To all the wonderful caring volunteers who gave their time to come into our home to paint, install flooring, cabinets, doors and much more, you’ve not only become our friends but part of our family as well.  Rebuilding Together has given us a start on our road to recovery. We will be forever grateful.” – Tom & Addie T., Moonachie, Superstorm Sandy victims

“Thanks to all of you for all your help, hard work and completion of a beautiful Rebuilding Together job for our family! Little did we know when our home was chosen the impact it would have on us. It came at a time we were in need of ‘some uplifting’!” – Amy, Mark, Torin, & Jack S., Jody & Jack M., Ridgewood

” The day they came to our house and told us they were going to help us recover, it was like a ray of sunshine in a dark sky.” – Cliff M., Moonachie, Superstorm Sandy victims.