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Mission and Vision:
Our mission at Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun is to engage community partners and volunteers in the revitalization of neighborhoods. Through home repair, modifications and improvements, we provide needy low-income senior, veteran and disabled individuals with a safer, more independent and comfortable life.
Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit in preserving affordable homeownership. The Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun (RTVOS) affiliate is one of more than 200 affiliates that utilize volunteers in providing free rehabilitation and critical repairs to low-income homes. Since 1991, RTVOS has engaged more than 60,000 volunteers from nearly 500 organizations throughout Arizona. Our philanthropic efforts have resulted in $7 million in repairs at over 1,850 homes and 55 nonprofit facilities.
The number of low-income homeowners increases each year and is expected to grow to an astonishing 28.5 million by 2010. More and more families must choose between vital necessities such as food or medicine or a roof that does not leak. Rebuilding Together works to ensure that as many families as possible do not have to make these difficult choices.
Phoenix metropolitan area, often referred to as Valley of the Sun, is comprised of relatively recent housing development, and encompasses several municipalities. The housing development during the past 30 years has produced many dwellings for Valley families, but many lower income residents have been relegated to older housing stock in neighborhoods throughout the Valley. The housing landscape in these neighborhoods reflect a lack of resource investment, which further perpetuates poor housing conditions. Residents of these houses struggle with inaccessible homes, high utility bills, and never ending repairs.
Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun collaborates with cities, and other organizations, to identify homeowners with housing needs in an effort to stop further dilapidation of older housing stock in lower-income neighborhoods. Through housing repair and revitalization RTVOS, and our family of volunteers, are making a difference one home at a time.
Health and Safety:
“According to HUD’s 2007 American Housing Survey, six million households live with moderate or severe physical housing problems. Anyone can suffer from housing related illness and injury; however certain groups such as children, the elderly, or individuals with chronic illness are more susceptible.” – HHI strategic plan
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control:
Our Senior Fall Prevention program will help alleviate the risk of falling for seniors by installing various safety modifications throughout the home
Come meet your neighbor Pauline and hear her story…Your neighbor Pauline
Henry Thoreau said, “What’s the use of a home if you haven’t a tolerable planet to put it on.” RTVOS believes we can have both a home and tolerable planet. We believe that home repair and rehabilitation are inherently sustainable. By preserving and maintaining existing housing RTVOS prevents unnecessary resource use and waste. The greenest house is one that is already built. Resource conservation is the impetus of the new “green” housing trend; whether it is water, electricity, or construction materials. Efficiencies in the construction and building industry have improved significantly over the past decade. Adopting these efficiencies into rehab work can be daunting, but the outcome is a significant reduction in virgin material use and operating costs for low-income households. Rehabilitating owner-occupied housing also preserves neighborhood continuity.
At the scale of a house, there are several key steps that can be taken to reduce household energy use.
Weatherproofing and Ventilation: