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Home Repair Assistance
BBB Greater Houston

Listed below are organizations that specialize in emergency home repair and home maintenance assistance

For the city or county programs, the applicant must be 100% the owner, at least 62 years old and/or disabled, which is verified by Social Security Disability (SSI), and the taxes on the house must be current.  The property cannot be located within a 100 year flood plain without flood insurance.

Some programs will help only with emergency repairs.  In general, an emergency repair is usually considered a problem that has arisen within the past 72 hours.  However, each organization has their own guidelines, which may change according to their funding ability, so call and ask each agency first. 

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Air Conditioners

Building Supplies

Flood Plain Maps and Information

Military Families Repair Help

Repair Programs: For cities and county

Water Conservation Kits

Wheelchair Ramps and Home Modification

To complete an online application and verification forms and mail it in, click the apply now button below and then click the verification forms.  You may also call 713-578-2059 to request an application be mailed to you.

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Home Repair

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East Aldine Management DistrictEast Aldine District's HOPE program assist East Aldine District elderly homeowners with minor repairs at no cost to the homeowners who meet  their requirements.  This district is located in unincorporated Harris County, 15 miles north of Downtown Houston.  It is bordered approximately by Little York, the Hardy Toll Road, FM 525, U.S. 59 and Homestead Road.

To learn more, click the Project Hope icon below:


Information on Lead Control
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

HUD Lead Paint Pamphlets:

Protect your Family from Lead in Your Home in English - PDF

Proteja a Su Familiar en Contra del Plomo en Su Casa - PDF


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Harris County Public Health Lead-based Paint Information

Harris County's Public Health and Environmental Services' Lead Hazard Control Program 
(713) 439-6000

Harris County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention 
(713) 439-6000

HUD Office of Healthy Homes & Lead Hazard Control

Pamphlet on Lead Control by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

City of Houston, Department of Housing and Community Development (713) 868-8400

Repair prevention from flooding
For information on Harris County flood control preparation, click here

The City of Houston Non-Emergency Helpline - 311

Stop Trashing Houston
helps with trash removal. 
They offer programs and services for Houston residents. Click here for more information.

Rebuilding Together Houston 
This program does home repairs only for seniors over 62 years old, disabled individuals, and individuals with low-fixed incomes.  The Harris County residents must own the home that they live in and be current on their property taxes.  Click here to send an email for help.
Baytown Community Development 
(281) 420-5390
This program offers housing rehab and repairs, only within the Baytown city limits.

Pasadena Community Development 
(713) 475-7243

Air Conditioners

City of Houston  (713) 868-8400

To be eligible for the City of Houston's Beat the Heat program, residents must be at least 62 years old or disabled, verified by Social Security Disability, have title of the home in their name, have lived in the home for more than 6 months, and meet income guidelines:  for example a single person can not make more than $1,700 a month.  

Building and Supplies
Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County
(281) 820-2307

For information on how to partner and get help building your new home contact:  

Habitat Northwest Harris County ReStore  (832) 327-1120
13572  State Hwy 249 Suite C, at Bammel North,  Houston 77086
Open to the Public:  Great prices on building materials, furniture, and appliances!
Houston Habitat for Humanity   (281) 850-7780
Building new homes for low-income families.
Houston Habitat Building Supply Outlet  (713) 643-1100
6161 S. Loop East,  Houston 77087
This is a great resource for inexpensive building materials and supplies.
Open to the public. 
Store hours:  Monday, 8 AM to 6 PM;  Saturday, 8 AM to 4 PM

City of Houston, Department of Housing and Community Development  
Minor & Major Repair - Waiting list
(713) 868-8400

Sheltering Arms logoSheltering Arms Senior Services provides home weatherization measures and assistance with utility bills to help seniors continue to live independently in their own homes.

Weatherization service includes wall and attic insulation, solar screens, doors, windows, caulking, weather stripping, and some heating and cooling appliances.  Home weatherization increases the efficiency of the fuel used in heating during winter and cooling in summer, providing the client with reduced fuel costs.  The weatherization program is open to low income households in Harris County with preference given to the elderly and disabled, and families with young children.  For more information, call (713) 685-6577 Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 12 PM.

New clients must apply for utility assistance. Tuesday and Thursday from 9am - 12 pm.  Please note it process will take 2-3 months.

The Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) is administered by Sheltering Arms Senior Services and is a federally funded program assisting low income families with young children, seniors (60+) and the disabled with the payment of gas and electricity bills.  Recipients of these funds must qualify by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' minimum income standards.

For more information, call 211 or an agency that services your zip code.

Military Families
American Red Cross Greater Houston  (713) 526-8300 
Bear Creek Assistance Ministries   (281) 855-0014
Texas Veteran Land Board  1-(800) 252-VETS
Home Improvement Loans 
Ask about land to purchase and other VA programs.

Water-Saver Conservation Kits
For free water-saver conservation kits, contact the Public Works Utility at the City of Houston.   Call (713) 837-0311.
Home Repair and Design:  Ways to make your home safer and comfortable, while aging in place.  This information is provided by AARP.
Alert:  The Housing Resource Center does not endorse any of these vendors.  You are strongly encouraged to call the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints on file and to  personally check vendor references.  If you have a problem with a vendor, please email your comments to us for our Community Alert Bulletin Board. 

From: HUD USER News
Housing rehabilitation is an important component of any strategy aimed at meeting the nation's affordable housing needs. Keeping a home in good working order or bringing one back from a state of disrepair promotes both sustainability and affordability with every stroke of the hammer and every plumb line snap. Pursuing a high quality rehab or renovation can also result in homes that are better able to withstand storms and other natural disasters.
With affordability, sustainability, and durability in mind, we'd like to call your attention to a set of popular guidebooks published by HUD that describe state-of-the-art techniques, materials, and technologies for housing rehabilitation. The nine-volume series, known collectively as The Rehab Guide, was developed under the auspices of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH). Each volume is devoted to distinct elements of a house and covers a range of issues common to that element. For example, the first volume is titled Foundations, and covers topics from the design and engineering aspects of rehabilitating foundation systems to shoring and repair, waterproofing, crack repair, drainage, and insulation. The other titles reflect the building systems and components they address: Exterior Walls (vol. 2), Roofs (vol. 3), Windows & Doors (vol. 4), Partitions, Ceilings, Floors & Stairs (vol. 5), Kitchens & Baths (vol. 6), Electrical/Electronics (vol. 7), HVAC/Plumbing, (vol. 8), and Site Work (vol. 9).
The content presented in this series has been drawn from a wide array of reliable construction industry sources, as well as from well-respected technical trade publications. Clearly written, generously illustrated, and easy to use, the guides are spiral bound to permit them to lie flat... on a workbench, coffee table, or drawing board near you!
Copies of the guidebooks can be downloaded for free at or call 800-245-2691, option 1.

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