critical home repair program

Critical Home Repairs

South Shore Habitat for Humanity is launching a new Critical Home Repair Program. This program offers assistance to qualified seniors, veterans and families who are struggling to maintain their home. The program focuses on repairs that address health, safety and code issues. As with all Habitat programs, this offers “a hand-up, not a hand-out”. This is not an emergency repair program and projects are based on current funding.


The program covers the repairs listed below up to $10,000.

  • Ramp access to primary entrance
  • Handrail to primary entrance
  • Grab bars in the bathroom
  • Roof repair or replacement
  • Deck repair or replacement
  • Weatherization including windows
  • Siding repair


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Eligibility Criteria

  • Property must be in South Shore Habitat's service area
  • Home must be owned and occupied by the homeowner
  • Home must be a single family residence. Rentals, mobile homes and condominiums are not eligible
  • There must be a need. (home in poor condition, safety issues, does not meet code)
  • Household income must fall between 50% and 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI)
  • Property insurance and mortgage payments must be current
  • Senior Citizens and Veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must demonstrate a willingness to partner and ability to pay a portion of the repairs.


Income Guidelines

If you live in the following cities or towns: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Canton, Cohasset, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Marshfield, Milton, Norwell, Norwood, Pembroke, Quincy, Randolph, Rockland, Scituate, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, West Bridgewater, Westwood, Weymouth and Whitman

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5
80% AMI Maximum Annual Income $70,750 $80,850 $90,950 $101,050 $109,150
50% AMI Minimum Annual Income $47,000 $53,700 $60,400 $67,100 $72,500


If you live in: Easton

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5
80% AMI Maximum Annual Income $55,950 $63,950 $71,950 $79,900 $86,300
50% AMI Minimum Annual Income $44,600 $50,950 $57,300 $63,650 $68,650

South Shore Habitat for Humanity is committed to giving those in need a 'hand-up not a hand-out'. For this reason, payment of services will be required on a sliding scale basis based on the household’s income and amount of the repair costs including material costs and any subcontracted labor. A down payment is required prior to beginning construction.

Total costs Household Income Percentage of cost Down payment
$2,500 - $5000 50%-60% AMI 15% $100
50%-60% AMI 15% $100
60%-70% AMI 20% $250
70%-80% AMI 25% $500
$5,001-$10,000 50%-60% AMI 15% $250
50%-60% AMI 15% $100
60%-70% AMI 20% $500
70%-80% AMI 25% $750

If you meet the eligibility requirements listed or would like more information please contact: criticalrepair@sshabitat.org

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