NRI Home Repair FAQ

  • What is NRI?

    The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) is designed to transform a specific neighborhood through a combination of new home construction and home repairs. The program is executed as a collaboration between Habitat for Humanity, other local organizations, and residents of the focal community. In Tacoma/Pierce County, the NRI focal community is Tillicum.

  • What is Home Repair and how is it related to NRI?

    Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity's Home Repair Program is part of its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. Initially, Home Repair was offered only in the NRI service area of Tillicum. However, services have expanded to include veteran families living anywhere in Pierce County.

  • Are home repairs free?

    No. Labor is free under the Home Repair Program, but the homeowner pays for the cost of materials through an affordable loan. Payments on the loan are designed to accommodate the family's monthly income.

  • How do I qualify?

    Homeowners applying for our Home Repair Program must meet all of the following requirements: live or work in Pierce County, be residents of Tillicum or have a veteran living in the household, have manageable debt, have a housing need, have proof of homeownership/homeowners insurance, and be willing to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours of 'sweat equity' to help repair their home.

  • Who can apply?

    Veteran households anywhere in Pierce County or residents of the neighborhood of Tillicum who are in need of home repairs due to safety issues, health risks, code violations, or ADA modification requirements may apply.

  • In what areas of Tacoma does Habitat for Humanity repair homes?

    Habitat is currently offering home repair products to residents of the Tillicum neighborhood in the City of Lakewood, and to any household with a currently residing veteran anywhere in Pierce County.

  • Is this an emergency repair program?

    No. There are other organizations that cater to emergency repair needs. Referrals to such programs can be made.

  • Does Habitat for Humanity do repairs on mobile homes?

    No. At this time, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity does not do repairs on mobile homes. There are other organizations in Pierce County that cater to these needs. Referrals to these organizations can be made.

  • I do not have a job, can I still apply for this program?

    Yes. Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity looks at total household income including wages, child support/alimony, SSI/SSA, TANF, and any other documented, consistent income that is not food stamps, work study, or unemployment.

  • Is there a waitlist for this program?

    No. We are currently looking for qualified homeowners, although the time from application to project completion can be 4 to 12 months.

  • I am disabled and cannot do manual labor. Can I still apply?

    Yes. If you are selected for the program and have verification of your disability, we will work with you to find other ways for you to participate and gain the required hours of sweat equity.

  • I have more questions and want additional information. What do I do?

    You can call our office (253-627-5626) and ask to speak with someone about our Home Repair Program.

Note: We are not currently accepting applicants for any of our home repair programs.