COVER Home Repair organizes volunteers to help low-income homeowners address their most urgent home repair and accessibility needs. Nearly every weekend of the year, our 300+ volunteers help perform 80+ urgent home repairs and 50+ weatherization projects across the Upper Valley.
We focus our services on low-income, often elderly and disabled, homeowners living in homes in need of immediate, critical attention. When our volunteers arrive, the home is often close to uninhabitable due to a range of issues: collapsing floors, severe water damage from leaking roofs, holes in walls or ceiling that make the house unheatable, and doors and windows that won’t close. These issues pose serious safety concerns for all residents, but the impacts are especially consequential for homeowners who are elderly and those living with disabilities. COVER is often the only place these homeowners can turn to for immediate assistance. We work with these homeowners to conduct the repairs needed to make the home warm, safe, and comfortable for its residents.
In 2019 we prevented approximately 410 individuals from becoming homeless by completing 87 urgent home repairs and 69 weatherization projects in the Upper Valley. Yet since 2020, we’ve seen the biggest surge in need for our ramps and other urgent home repair services in our 23-year history. At the same time, supply chain shortages have driven up the prices of lumber and building materials we need to replace roofs and build wheelchair-accessible ramps.
Support from We Care 2 will help fund the building materials for the 80+ urgent home repair projects we have planned for 2022. Your support will ensure that we can help as many of our low-income neighbors as possible in this time of incredible, unprecedented need.