Since our establishment in 1991, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley has renovated nearly 4,500 homes and community facilities. Our work preserves affordable housing by transforming homes and lives through critical repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners and community centers, at no cost to the service recipient. The majority of the low-income homeowners we serve are elderly seniors and/or people with disabilities, who are physically and financially unable to maintain safe and warm living conditions for themselves and their families. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods in our community.
Repair and maintenance work for nonprofit facilities assists these organizations to direct their resources to help our community. Each fall and spring during our Rebuilding Days, we gather donated materials and rally hundreds of volunteers to help repair and rehabilitate homes and nonprofit facilities. Our program provides both major and minor repairs and renovations that result in life-changing improvements for the homeowners and organizations served.
Our work aligns with the Coalition For Home Repair, a collective of nonprofits, local governments, and community organizations focused on repairing homes and partnering with other organizations to make a bigger impact on affordable housing and home preservation. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home and the Coalition For Home Repair’s mission is to promote the preservation of safe, healthy, affordable housing for all by supporting the work of home repair and rehabilitation partners nationwide.
As proud members of the Coalition For Home Repair, our partnership brings together shared knowledge, resources, and initiatives to address the housing crisis in our communities. According to the Coalition For Home Repair with research from The State of Nations Housing 2020, Joint Center of Housing Studies of Harvard University:
- 37.1 million people live in housing that isn’t affordable. This is approximately 30% of all households in the United States.
- 17.6 million households are severely cost burdened, spending 50% or more on housing. This is about 14% of all households.
And specifically in regard to the pandemic’s role in the worsening housing crisis:
- 49 percent of renter households reported losing employment income between mid-March and late September during the first year of the pandemic. While most renters have continued to make rent payments, 15 percent reported that they were behind on payments.
- 10.7 million people are behind on their rent and 10 million people have overdue mortgage payments.
The Coalition For Home Repair notes that, “Housing is considered affordable when it costs less than 30% of residents’ monthly income. This includes rent or mortgage payments, insurance, utilities, property taxes, and home repairs & maintenance. There is a severe shortage of affordable homes in the United States. People in low-income households have to compete with higher-income households for the limited number of affordable homes available for purchase and rent. Additionally, people who are cost burdened by housing are more likely to be food insecure and are at greater risk of becoming unhoused. Housing matters.”. At RTSV, we know housing matters firsthand. Our work in preserving affordable housing impacts multiple generations by preventing evictions and homelessness.
Through the Coalition For Home Repair, RTSV has access to tools and resources that we are able to leverage in order to serve our community the best we can. RTSV is able to take part in the Coalition For Home Repair’s nation-wide programs such as the Advocacy Task Force to gain a better understanding of how to advocate for more funding and better policies that support home repairs for low-income households, the Anti-Racism Community of Practices for information on making our home repair program more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, the Healthy Homes Affinity Group for tips and resources in tracking health-related outcomes of home repairs and partnering with healthcare systems to improve outcomes and secure funding for repairs and home modifications, among others. Our membership also includes access to a robust document and video library through templates and notes from the Coalition For Home Repair’s educational programs that supplement and support our work.
We are extremely grateful for the Coalition For Home Repair’s support and are excited about our membership and all the resources we have access to. For information on getting involved with RTSV’s work and volunteering with us, click here. To get more information the Coalition For Home Repair’s work and becoming a member, click here.
At Rebuilding Together – Silicon Valley, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home, so we help provide critical home repairs to over 600 clients per year, including to those who are aging in place. We rely on generous donations to continue our essential work and the positive impact we have in these communities.
Our Work Takes Grit!
and create change firsthand!