Revitalize Milwaukee

FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who Do We Serve?

  • Senior Citizens (60+)
  • Veterans of any age
  • Persons with disabilities of any age

How are Homeowners selected?

Applicants must:

  • own their own homes
  • be current of their property taxes
  • not have a current foreclosure or bankruptcy
  • meet household income requirements
  • be unable to complete the repairs themselves

What type of work is done?

Revitalize Milwaukee's concerns are with safety, health and independence of each homeowner. As such, the repairs performed include but are not limited to:

  • minor electrical and plumbing repairs
  • accessibility modifications such as grab bars, handrails and non-skid tape
  • repair and/or replacement of water heaters

Repairs are done safely in compliance with applicable codes. Roofs, foundations and windows are not within our typical scope of work.

Do Homeowners Pay?

All repairs are FREE for eligible homeowners - labor, materials and services are coordinated through Revitalize Milwaukee. In addition, Revitalize Milwaukee partners with other community organizations to provide comphensive services.

When was Revitalize Milwaukee founded?

Founded in 2000, Revitalize Milwaukee completed its first Rebuilding Day on May 19, 2001. Since 2001, Revitalilze Milwaukee has grown to providing year-around comprehensive services, accessibiity modifications and critical home repairs. Revitalize Milwaukee was formerly known as Rebuilding Together of Greater Milwaukee (RTGM)

How are projects selected?

Revitalize Milwaukee's Project and Construction Manager determines projects based on need and available resources. Application are processed year-around and home visits are typically scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10AM and 3PM.

Who Sponsors Revitalize Milwaukee?

Revitalize Milwaukee is sponsored by local businesses, foundations and in-kind partners. Whether a project is an emergency repair, accessibility modification, Block Build MKE or one of our many other projects, our sponsors are able to experience a full range of involvement from the evaluation stage to completion year-round.

If they can't afford repairs, why do they stay in their home?

For many homeowners, their home is one of their only assets. While their property value may provide temporary funding for a rental or assisted living facility, they are still forced to leave the home they have loved and lived in for years. The homeowners we serve wish to remain in their home and age in place. Revitalize Milwaukee works to make this goal possible.

Once the repairs are made, what steps are made to ensure a homeowner can maintain their quality of life?

Revitalize Milwaukee works with licensed occupational therapists and community resources to connect homeowners with extended assistance.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Revitalize Milwaukee is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit and contributions qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Revitalize Milwaukee proudly raises all funds locally, which are critical in helping local households in our city. To partner with us visit www.FREEHOMEREPAIRS.org.