Habitat Philadelphia’s Weatherization & Home Repair Program
The Weatherization and Home Repair Program (WHRP) is a new program that expands on Habitat’s traditional homeownership model to provide critical home repair, weatherization and façade improvement services to low income homeowners in Philadelphia. Such repairs include: roof repair or replacement, replacement hot water heater and/or furnace, repairing or upgrading the electrical or plumbing systems, replacement doors and windows, and other crucial structural repairs. This program was started in 2011, after a successful 10-home pilot in partnership with Exelon, in an effort to:
- Increase affiliate impact through a more holistic approach to solving Philadelphia’s specific housing needs
- Stabilize the neighborhoods we work in by providing repair services that have been proven to prevent abandonment and vacancy
- Preserve the housing stock and current homeowners in place
All home repair and weatherization projects thus far have taken place in North Central Philadelphia, as part of our holistic approach to preserving and revitalizing this rapidly-transforming area. Currently, Habitat Philadelphia has recently completed or is working on weatherization and home repairs for the following 10 year or older Habitat homeowner-occupied properties in our North Central Philly catchment area:
1. 1916 Wilt Street, Habitat homeowner – Trayce Bryant
2. 1904 Morse Street, Habitat homeowner – Betty Jackson
3. 1839 N. Uber Street, Habitat homeowner – Susan Waters
4. 1834 N. 19th Street, Habitat homeowner – Harold & Gloria Jenkins
For this project, WHRP partnered with Loonstyn Roofers, who have recently taken the steps necessary to become a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor in order to participate in the “GAF and HFHI Community Contractor Program,” a national partnership between HFHI and GAF, a U.S. roofing and ventilation manufacturer. Under this partnership, GAF provides roofing materials for GAF Certified Contractors who donate their roofing installation services in their communities. We’re excited about this new type of partnership with Loonstyn Roofing, and are thankful for their generosity!
5. 1904 Wilt Street, Habitat homeowner – Illona Johnson
Habitat Philadelphia has partnered with Project H.O.M.E to provide weatherization and home repairs for 10 more families, five in fall 2012 and five spring 2013, all in North Central Philadelphia, which is also an area of focus for Project H.O.M.E. This blog will also include updates and photos for these projects once they begin!