Rebuilding Together Portland is a nonprofit organization that assists low-income homeowners with home repairs at no cost to the homeowner. We help the elderly, people with disabilities, families with children, and Veterans throughout the City. Repairs span from carpentry, plumbing, and electrical, to painting, debris removal, and more. We complete most the work on the National Rebuild Day- the last weekend of April; and right now, we are looking for homeowners who we can assist on April 28th, 2018!
In addition to our National Rebuild Day program, we have a Safe and Healthy Repair Program, helping throughout the year. Repairs done are small, preventative maintenance repairs such as minor plumbing, minor electrical repairs, minor carpentry, safety and ADA modifications, and more. If you or someone you know is in need, call us at 503-943-7515 and we will send you an application!
Rebuilding Together Portland is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, which began in 1973 as an annual “barn raising” event in Midland, Texas. In 1988 a National office was founded in Washington, DC. With more than 40 years of experience, Rebuilding Together has become a nationally leading nonprofit, assisting low income homeowners throughout the country.
Our mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life of homeowners by providing needed repair and rehabilitation services to low income homeowners who cannot physically or financially complete the work themselves. Services are targeted towards the elderly, people with disabilities, families with children, and veterans throughout the City of Portland. Repairs include carpentry, electrical, painting, debris removal, ADA and Safety Modifications, and more.
Rebuilding Together Portland is now in its 26th successful year of operation. Originally the organization only facilitated workday projects on the National Rebuild Day, typically the last weekend of April. Thanks to continued support of sponsors and volunteers, Rebuilding Together Portland is now able to put together Rebuild Project Days throughout the year. Not only helping homeowners, but local Community Centers, Nonprofit Organizations, and Green Spaces throughout Portland. In the past five years, we have successfully serviced 47-52 homes per year directly affecting nearly 200 homeowners and their families. As of 2017, Rebuilding Together Portland has two programs to offer homeowners: The National Rebuild Day that takes place in April, and the Safe and Healthy Repair Program that helps with small preventative maintenance repairs year-round.
For our selection process, we spend most the year searching for homeowners to help on the April National Rebuild Day. We receive nearly 200 applications throughout the year and select about 50 homes to work on. Homeowners can contact us to receive an application- we’ll mail one, or there is access to it online. Once we receive an application we do a homeowner interview where or two volunteers go to a home to talk about the “wish list” and needs of the home and take pictures of the work that needs to be done. The application and interview are then sent to a committee to decide if Rebuilding Together Portland can do the work or not. Once we have gone through the selection process, we let the homeowner know whether we can do the work or not.
Rebuilding Together Portland helped hundreds of homeowners throughout the City of Portland in the past 26 years! Thank you for your support in helping homeowners in need!
By Brooke Edens