Habitat for Humanity International and the Home Depot Foundation have announced an expansion of the Repair Corps program, a joint initiative to remodel and renovate homes across the country for veterans and their families.
With $2.7 million in funding from the Home Depot Foundation and volunteer assistance from Home Depot employees, the expanded program will help eighty-four Habitat affiliates in thirty states repair the homes of more than a hundred and eighty veterans and their families. Training and technical assistance will be provided by Habitat.
Established in 2011 through a pilot program, Repair Corps projects provide insulation, weather stripping, and accessibility improvements such as wheelchair ramps and widened doorways, as well as roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and structural repairs. Participating families agree to repay a zero-interest loan to cover the costs of the remodeling, and the repayments are put into a revolving fund to assist other families.
"The success of the pilot program demonstrates the vast need for affordable and quality home repairs for veterans and their families," said Home Depot Foundation president Kelly Caffarelli. "Habitat for Humanity has its finger on the pulse of the needs of homeowners in communities nationwide, and we are proud that through the Repair Corps program we are able to identify and help veterans whose homes are in critical need of repair."