Kensington Rebuilding Together Boundaries
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Since 2017, NKCDC has worked with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia to bring healthy home repairs to Kensington. You may be eligible if you:
• Windows & doors
• Floor & subfloor
• Ceiling & drywall
• Mobility adaptations
To learn more, call NKCDC at 267-606-5765 or email email@example.com.
Repairs depend on funding. NKCDC can also connect homeowners to other available services.
In 2017, NKCDC and Rebuilding Together Philadelphia began a multi-year partnership to bring healthy home repairs to Kensington. Professional contractors and volunteers completed an average of $15,000 of repairs on 33 homes on Somerset Street in the first year.
In 2018, we repaired 25 houses near Amber and Auburn Streets, and in 2019 NKCDC began its third year with Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, repairing 25 more homes around East Cambria Street. Each year kicked off with a “Block Build” event that included more than 200 neighbors, volunteers and professionals.
That’s the growing belief of many health care providers, who are working with organizations like NKCDC to eliminate household hazards like lead, mold, pests, or poor air quality, which are leading causes of chronic disease.
In 2013-2014, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health partnered with St. Christopher’s Hospital to remove asthma triggers from homes at an average cost of $3,500 per home. It found that hospitalizations dropped 70% within six months and school absences were cut in half.
Home repairs also preserve affordable housing and prevent families from being displaced. In a 2009 review of home repair programs run by the City of Philadelphia, Karen Black wrote: “Public investment of $6,911 under the Basic Systems Repair Program can in many cases prevent residential abandonment and keep workforce housing viable. The cost to the City of not repairing these occupied homes is up to six times greater.”
The City of Philadelphia runs several repair programs. Until recently they had long wait lists, but now repairs are being completed in less than a year.
The Heater Hotline provides free emergency heater repairs for eligible households. If the Heater Hotline staff determine that your heater needs to be replaced, they will forward your application to the Basic Systems Repair Program above. To apply for heater repairs only, call the Heater Hotline at 215-609-1443.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging provides minor and major home repairs and carries out modifications to make homes more accessible to older adults and those with disabilities. Seniors must be age 60+ and own their home. For more information, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.
Restore, Repair, Renew is an initiative of the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to help Philadelphia homeowners access low-interest loans to invest in their properties. Loans can fun a range of home repairs.
Many repair programs require you to own your home, be listed on the deed, and be in good shape with your property taxes. Some also have income or credit score requirements. NKCDC housing advisors can help—by phone or online!