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 home and have resided in it for the last 5 years

    • The home cannot be held in a trust or life estate

  • Be current on their property taxes

  • Not have a current foreclosure or bankruptcy

  • Meet household income requirements AND one of the following:

    • Be 60 years of age or older

    • Be a person living with a disability

    • Be a veteran

  • Be unable to complete the repairs themselves

What type of work is done?

Our concerns are with the safety, health, and independence of each homeowner. As such, 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 or replacement of water heaters

Repairs are done safely and in compliance with applicable codes. Roofs, foundations, and windows are not within our typical scope of work. If we are not able to assist you, we will do our best to refer you to an organization that can.

Do homeowners pay?

All repairs are FREE for eligible homeowners—including labor and materials. Additionally, we partner with other community organizations to provide comprehensive services.

How are projects selected?

Our Project & Construction Manager determines projects based on need and available resources. Applications are processed year-round and home visits are typically scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 3pm.

Who sponsors Revitalize Milwaukee?

We are 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 year-round.

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

We work with licensed Occupational Therapists and community resources to connect homeowners with extended assistance.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit and contributions qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.