Rebuilding Together Nashville offers two home improvement programs for homeowners in need in Davidson County:
- Safe & Healthy Home Improvement Program: We provide home improvements in partnership with volunteers, businesses, local government agencies and other community partners. Our focus is on improvements that will make homes safer and healthier environments for all residents. The scope of work varies greatly from home to home depending on funding availability and household needs. Click here for more details about the types of improvements we prioritize.
- Home Energy Savings Program: We engage volunteers to improve the energy efficiency of homes through scopes of work such as insulating attics, sealing windows and doors, installing LED light bulbs and more. These improvements increase comfort and decrease utility costs, resulting in an average savings of $390 per year (according to utility bill analysis) per home.
Eligibility for Services
Rebuilding Together Nashville is NOT accepting New applications at this time.
Basic eligibility criteria for all services includes:
- The applicant must own the home.
- The applicant must live in the home.
- The applicant must be current on property taxes for the home.
- The applicant must have a current homeowners insurance policy for the property.
- The home must be a free-standing, single-family home; we are not able to serve rental properties, condos, or mobile homes.
- The applicant or a permanent household resident must meet at least one of the following qualifications:
- Be a senior citizen (defined as 60 years of age or older)
- Receive Federal disability benefits
- Be a veteran of the United States Armed Forces (as evidenced by a DD Form 214)
- The applicant’s household must meet income guidelines. Applicant households with an annual income of up to 80% of HUD’s area median income are eligible for our services. Applicant households with an annual income of up to 50% of HUD’s area median income will be prioritized for our services. HUD’s area median income guidelines are calculated annually and can be found here.
Why are you not accepting new applications right now?
Rebuilding Together Nashville had a waiting list of over 400 applicants in early 2018. Our current funding sources and staff capacity limit the number of home improvement projects we can complete, so we are prioritizing serving those homeowners who have been on our waiting list before we accept new applications.
When will you accept new applications again?
Rebuilding Together Nashville’s work is primarily funded through a grant from the Barnes Housing Trust Fund that will end in 2019. We anticipate being able to accept new applications sometime in 2019. For the most up to date information about our application status, please check back to our website or give us a call at 615.297.3955.
Why do you serve the populations that you serve?
One of Rebuilding Together Nashville’s primary goals is to help preserve affordable housing in Davidson County. Data shows that three out of five low-income homeowners are cost-burdened, meaning that those families pay more than 30% of their income to maintain their housing, leaving little room in their budgets for home repairs. Metro’s 2017 Community Needs Evaluation found an increase in the number of Nashvillians seeking help paying utility bills and mortgage payments. Rebuilding Together Nashville wants to make sure that our most vulnerable neighbors – seniors, those living with disabilities and veterans – have the support they need to remain in their homes.
What types of community partners and volunteers do you work with to complete home improvement projects?
Most of Rebuilding Together Nashville’s funding currently comes through the Barnes Housing Trust Fund and grants through Rebuilding Together’s national office. We receive small grants and host volunteer groups from a variety of local business and civic partners, and local contractors sometimes support our work through in-kind donations of labor or materials. We have also partnered with MDHA and GNRC to complete projects. Click here to learn more about volunteering with us. Click here to learn more about other ways to support our work.
Who will complete work at my house if I’m selected to receive services?
Rebuilding Together Nashville works with professional contractors (sometimes paid and sometimes volunteer) as well as skilled and unskilled volunteer groups to complete projects. Volunteers are always supervised by an experienced and trained volunteer or staff member.
How much do home improvement services cost?
Thanks to the generous support of our funders, homeowners do not pay anything to our agency for the repairs they receive. However, homeowners who receive services will be asked to sign a five-year, forgivable lien for the full value of home improvement services. If the homeowner or their heirs sell the home within five years of project completion, Rebuilding Together Nashville will be paid back in full from the proceeds from the home sale. We will reinvest that money in another project. This allows us to continue meeting our goal of preserving affordable housing in Nashville in the long term.
Are there any home improvement services that Rebuilding Together Nashville does not provide?
Rebuilding Together Nashville is unable to complete repairs at homes with significant hoarding or clutter issues, significant pest control issues, serious water damage or mold contamination, intensive landscaping or tree removal needs, major foundation issues, extensive lead-based paint contamination or other hazardous materials, or evidence of drug use, criminal activity or mistreatment of animals. We reserve the right to decline any application that is beyond the agency’s scope of funding or expertise, that may expose staff or volunteers to dangerous conditions, or that Rebuilding Together Nashville deems unsuitable for any reason.
How does Rebuilding Together Nashville calculate income for eligibility purposes?
When you fill out an application to Rebuilding Together Nashville, you must declare the income of every person who lives in your home, even extended family members and roommates. Whether a specific source of income will count toward your household income will depend on your specific living arrangement. In general, all income will be counted. Income includes wages from jobs, self-employment, Social Security payments, pension payments and any other regularly recurring source of funds in your household.
I co-own my house with someone else, but they don’t live here. Will I qualify for services?
When you fill out an application to Rebuilding Together Nashville, you must write in the name of any co-owner. Rebuilding Together Nashville will require some information from other property owners, whether or not they currently live in the home with you. You should inform any co-owners when you apply for services that we will need their cooperation to get your application approved.
The need for home improvement services in Tennessee is great, and funding is limited. Below are links to statewide and regional resources that may offer services in your area. Click here to request a detailed resource sheet for your community.
- Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA)
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Rural Development
- Your local Habitat for Humanity office
- Your local Tennessee Association of Human Resource Agencies (TAHRA)
- Your local Veterans Affairs (VA) office
Non-Governmental Regional Resources
- Westminster Home Connection – Davidson, Robertson, Sumner, Wilson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Cheatham counties
- United Cerebral Palsy Wheelchair Ramp Program – Statewide
We hope that one of these resources in your county will be able to assist you with any home concerns you may still have. We often advise homeowners that free community assistance is limited, so we suggest homeowners consider hiring a contractor for small home improvement projects.
There may be additional resources in your community that we are not aware of. We recommend that you contact your local United Way or your local government officials who may be able to tell you about resources that we are not aware of. You may also want to talk with your insurance agent, local social workers, health care providers, churches or religious institutions. And you may be able to leverage your home’s value to complete some home repairs; your trusted banker or real estate agent should be able to give you better information.