Homeowner FAQ’s

  1. How do I apply for help?
  2. What are your criteria?
  3. What areas do you serve?
  4. What is the deadline for applying?
  5. What is the application process?
  6. What programs do you have?
  7. Is filling out the application a guarantee that I will receive help?
  8. Why do you have to inspect my home?
  9. How will I know if I am selected?
  10. Am I required to work and put in sweat equity if chosen?
  11. Can I specify the materials you will use on my home?
  12. Does your work cost anything?

 

How do I apply for help?
There are three ways to get an application. You can call our office at 615-297-3955 and request one be mailed to you. You can e-mail us at rtnashville@gmail.com and request an application be mailed or e-mailed to you. You can visit our website at www.rebuildingtogethernashville.org and submit an application online.

What are your criteria?
Our Board of Directors emphasize that each homeowner is to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Each homeowner’s story and needs are different and they will take that into consideration; however, there are a few criteria that you must meet. You MUST own your home; we are not able to serve rental properties. We serve single-site built structures, because of legal issues we are not able to work on condos or manufactured housing. * All property taxes need to be up to date on the home as well and you must have homeowners insurance.

What areas do you serve?
We accept applications from Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson counties. Currently, primary service is based in Davidson County.

What is the deadline for applying?
We accept applications year-round. Applications are considered on a year-round basis as funding allows.

What is the application process?
First, you need to fill out an application. Please fill it out as completely as you can. You will then receive a phone call from our office letting you know we have received the application and to follow-up on any questions we may have about your application. A staff member will then work to schedule a home inspection of your home. Once the home inspection is completed, you will be entered into our active database. Our ability to help is based on the funding we receive through grants, local business sponsors and individual donors. Once our Board of Directors has made a decision on the homes and the funding we will contact you.

What programs do you have?
We currently have three programs – National Rebuilding Day and Safe at Home Programs.  National Rebuilding Day occurs each spring and addresses general repair and home modification needs of low-income homeowners within our service area. The Safe at Home program helps with ramps and home modifications for elderly, disabled and handicapped.

Is filling out the application a guarantee that I will receive help?
No, filling out an application is not a guarantee that you will receive help. Filling out an application means that you will be on the list that our Board of Directors reviews when funding becomes available.

Why do you have to inspect my home?
We have to inspect your home so that we know what the work scope is. This ensures that we match the correct funding sources with a realistic work scope. Our Board of Directors cannot make a decision without a work scope to review.

How will I know if I am selected?
If your home is selected you will receive an acceptance letter in the mail along with a contract that will need to be signed and returned to the Rebuilding Together Nashville office before any work can begin.

Am I required to work and put in sweat equity if chosen?
You are not required, but highly encouraged, to work with the volunteers on the build day. Many of our homeowners are elderly or disabled though and we understand that this isn’t always possible. If so, we encourage you to be on site and talking with volunteers. We also encourage any able-bodied family members to work with us.

Can I specify the materials you will use on my home?
Because we are a non-profit, we have standard materials that we typically use on every build. If a portion of the work has been done, we will typically try to match the existing material budget permitting.

Does your work cost anything?
No. A homeowner will never be asked to pay money to our organization to get repairs done.