We Are Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Rebuilding Together Washington County, Inc., is a non-profit housing rehabilitation organization dedicated to partnering with the community to repair and rehabilitate the houses of the low-income homeowners in Washington County, Oregon. Preference is given to elderly, veterans, those with disabilities and families with dependent children. All our work is performed free of charge to qualified, selected homeowners.
- Who We Are: We are a leading local volunteer housing rehabilitation organization that, in partnership with the community, repairs and rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly, those with disabilities, veterans, and families with dependent children, so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence. We have been performing these free repairs in Washington County since 1994. See how you can help!
- What We Do: Low-income, elderly and homeowners with disabilities and families with dependent children often have no place to turn to when the roof begins to leak or the furnace quits working. Our goal is to assure that these people can get the housing rehabilitation help they need. Repairs may include dry-rot repairs, painting, roof repair or replacement, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs, yard debris removal, window and door replacement, accessibility modifications and many other tasks.
- Who We Help: The number of low-income homeowners increases each year. Currently there are 24 million low-income homeowner households and that number is expected in increase dramatically. More and more of these homeowners are placed in the position of choosing between vital necessities such as food or medicine and a roof that does not leak. According to census figures, over 15,000 seniors living in Washington County have disabilities. It is estimated that thousands of elderly people are living in poverty level standards in Washington County.
- When We Work: Our major rehabilitation efforts culminate on National Rebuilding Day, which is always the last Saturday in April each year. On this day, we repair or rehabilitate in some way between 15-34 homes that have been selected throughout Washington County. The deadline to apply for National Rebuilding Day is in December every year. Applications can be obtained from social service agencies, or by calling the office. We also have a year-round “Emergency Small Repair Program” and a monthly “Mid-Sized Repair Program“. Applications can be obtained by contacting us.
- Our Results: In fiscal year ending June 30th, 2013, volunteers donated 2,976 hours to assist 121 low/moderate income families with 149 separate repairs, rehabilitation and accessibility modifications. A conservative value of this work is $186,862.
Rebuilding Together Washington County does not discriminate on the basis of color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis prohibited by law.