Home Repairs

Habitat for Humanity Repairs Homes

We Help Around The House

HFHMSCO helps homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes, allowing them to reclaim their homes with pride and dignity. We work in conjunction with our core building program to serve more families. We are part of Habitat’s broader community development strategy called Neighborhood Revitalization.

Neighborhood Revitalization is designed to pursue Habitat for Humanity’s strategic imperative of helping to transform and strengthen communities so that those who reside in them will be able to live and grow into all that God intends for them. HFHMSCO helps revitalize the appearance of our neighborhoods, we strengthen connections within the community and help preserve affordable housing stock.

Qualifications for Neighborhood Revitalization

A repair is construction work on an existing housing unit that is not owned by the affiliate, so long as:

  • The housing unit is owned and inhabited by an individual or family who has been approved in accordance with the affiliate’s board-approved homeowner selection process.
  • The work is performed under a written agreement, including scope of work, payment terms and other details between the homeowner and the affiliate in accordance with the affiliate’s board-approved procedures and policies for repair projects and payments.
  • The work fully complies with applicable local building codes and other legal requirements.

Repair Services

Our services include painting, landscaping, yard cleanup and minor repairs that create significant exterior improvements on owner-occupied homes. These projects usually take one to three days to complete.

Home Preservation:

Exterior work that includes painting, patching, minor repair, landscaping and replacement of exterior building materials for maintaining good or sound condition.

Critical Home Repair:

Extensive interior or exterior work performed to address health and safety issues or code violations. Critical home repair includes such activities as a change to, or repair of, materials or components; a reconfiguration of space; a modification for accessibility; installation or extension of plumbing, mechanical or electrical systems on an existing structure.


Work done to improve the energy efficiency and indoor air quality of a structure. The scope of work of a weatherization project is defined by a comprehensive energy audit performed to determine the scope of work, and testing of the home upon completion, and should include a homeowner education component.

Special Projects:

These might be community projects on which Habitat collaborates, or wheelchair ramps, etc.


Our program parameters include a combination of major and minor repairs for all activities, except for:

  • Work on roofs of homes that are two-stories or more.
  • Work on homes built before 1978, requiring compliance with the EPA’s rules regarding lead based paint.
  • Work on mobile/prefabricated homes.
  • Mold or hazard remediation.
  • Work on foundations.
  • Repairs to furnaces, boilers, or air conditioners.

Home Repair Application Process

  1. Call us at 937-332-3763 or access your repair application online. If you call, we will talk with you about your repair needs to determine if your project scope fits the criteria of our program and if partnership is possible.
  2. Complete and return the application. The information we collect from you includes your income, expenses, assets, property information and your permission for us to perform a credit check. You must provide us with all the requested documentation in order to be eligible.
  3. Participate in a home visit by our staff members. Your application will be reviewed and the project scope will be assessed.
  4. Eligible applications are forwarded to our Repair Selection Committee to be considered for approval. You will be notified as of the outcome of your application and, pending approval, the timeline of your repair project.

To request our help with your home repairs, fill out the application.

Home Repairs FAQ's

No, it is not free. The homeowner pays for the value of their materials used on their project, and a 10% administration fee. Most homeowners use our payment plan which can be up to 24 months in length and is 0% interest. All labor is donated.
From the time, a repair application is approved, normally 30-90 days. We cannot address emergency repairs that are needed immediately.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

  • Troy Foundation
  • Duke Foundation
  • Emerson Climate Technologies
  • Airstream
  • DP&L Foundation