Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity’s Community Toolbox “Fix-It” Home Repair Program


300 + Families Served in New Hampshire!

Already Own Your Home?
Need a Repair?

Our Fix-it Program May be Perfect for Your Family!

Program Overview

Just like the old days of “Yankee Barn Raising,” our trained volunteers give their time to help neighbors in need by completing basic home repairs to promote the basic dignities of safety, health, and accessibility.

Our Fix-It program partners with local referring agencies who verify the financial need of potential clients and refer them to us. A comprehensive list of referring partners is listed below.

Home repairs will be focused on three areas—safety, health, and accessibility.

Minor home repairs may include, but are not limited to, the following areas or functions:

        • Wheelchair ramps
        • Safety handles (grab bars)
        • Handrails or banisters
        • Small plumbing repairs including faucets & toilet replacements
        • Storm windows and doors
        • Air sealing
        • Handicap Accessibility Improvements

Community Toolbox does not work on:

        • Buildings that are not considered the primary residence
          • Detached Garages
          • Sheds
          • Barns
        • Repair or replacement of non-essential items
          • Hot Tubs
          • Swimming Pools
          • Landscaping
          • Painting
          • Any work that is considered cosmetic in nature

EXAMPLES OF “FIX-IT” JOBS

 • Building wheelchair ramps for clients who can’t safely get in and out of their
home
• Sealing or replacing a drafty window or installing storm doors to keep a client
warm in the winter
• Installing grab bars for safety and peace of mind in their bathrooms
• Repairing loose handrails or banisters to make stairs safer
• Performing handicap accessibility improvements (such as widening door frames)

How Do I Request Help?

(Where to Apply for Assistance)

The Community Toolbox program works with referring agencies to help neighbors in need apply for assistance through our programs. We cannot accept direct requests for assistance. Please email Deb – Habitat for Humanity’s Liaison to the Program with specific questions about the program, or reach out to the below agencies to get the process started.

Currently, we accept approved referrals from the following verifying agencies:

Area Home Care

www.areahomecare.org

Area Home Care & Family Services, Inc. is a 503 c (3) non-profit organization that contracts with the State of New Hampshire to provide non-medical, home care services to the elderly and people with disabilities. Presently, the Agency has two of the biggest contracts in the state. The intent of this contract is to provide free service to financially eligible clients.

We are also proud to support Area Home Care’s program called Project CoolAir which helps the elderly and chronically ill impacted by extreme summer heat.

Community Partners

www.communitypartnersnh.org

Dedicated to providing quality services to meet the needs of families and individuals in Strafford County. Offering a wide variety of services across the lifespan.

Families First (Portsmouth) and Goodwin Community Health (Somersworth) – Part of Greater Seacoast Community Health

http://www.familiesfirstseacoast.org

Families First Health & Support Center is a leader in integrated care, offering high-quality health care, dental care and parent and family programs, all in one location. Families First’s services are for everyone—infants to seniors, single people and families, insured or uninsured, all income levels.

Rockingham Community Action

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County

www.straffordcap.org

The mission of Community Action Partnership of Strafford County is to educate, advocate and assist people in Strafford County to help meet their basic needs and promote self-sufficiency.

Granite Pathways – Safe Harbor Recovery Center

www.granitepathwaysnh.org

The mission of Granite Pathways is to support individuals with substance use disorders and mental illness in achieving their life goals as valued members of their community. Granite Pathways develops innovative, and sustainable solutions that are changing people’s lives.

Seacoast Mental Health Center

SMHC-nh.org

Seacoast Mental Health Center provides high quality and accessible mental health and substance use disorder services for all ages and stages of need.

SHARE Fund

www.sharefund.org

The SHARE Fund is a registered 501c3 nonprofit charitable outreach agency which provides various types of material and financial support to families and individuals in need during emergencies or times of severe hardship. Our primary goal is to provide the needed resources of food, shelter, and clothing.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Exeter

www.svdpexeter.com

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served.

Southern New Hampshire Services

www.snhs.org

The Mission of SNHS is to provide activities designed to assist low-income participants, including the elderly poor, to secure and retain meaningful employment, attain an adequate education, and make better use of available income; to ameliorate the causes of poverty within the community; to meet urgent and immediate individual and family needs, including health, nutrition, housing and employment-related assistance; and to address the problems and barriers which block the achievement of self-sufficiency.

Town of Exeter Welfare Services

www.exeternh.gov/humanservices/human-services-and-welfare-guidelines

The Human Services Department’s role is to provide the temporary relief needed by members of the community that have fallen on difficult times.

 

If you or a neighbor is in need of assistance, please contact one of the above agencies to complete an application.  If you need assistance or direction, please reach out to Deb via email at SENHCTB@senhhabitat.org to learn more about the program. 

                               CITIES & TOWNS WE SERVE

Strafford County:

Barrington
Center Strafford
Dover
Durham
Farmington
Lee
Madbury
Middleton
Milton
Milton Mills
New Durham
Rochester
Rollinsford
Somersworth
Strafford

Parts of Rockingham County:

Atkinson
Brentwood
East Kingston
Epping
Exeter
Greenland
Hampton
Hampton Falls
Kensington
Kingston
New Castle
Newfields
Newington
Newmarket
North Hampton
Plaistow
Portsmouth
Rye
Salem
Seabrook
South Hampton
Stratham