Home Preservation & Repair FAQ

Looking for help to preserve and repair your home? Below are some common questions our applicants have. If you do not find answers to your questions below, please call us at 417-829-4001 or send a quick email to Nancy Williams.

Home Preservation & Repair FAQ

The answer would depend on the funding type available, your needs/priorities, and your location. We can do a variety of interior and exterior repairs including roof replacement, mechanical system replacements or upgrades, window and door replacement, painting, yard clean-ups, siding repair, deck repair, gutters, and more.
Only in our focus neighborhood, Woodland Heights, during community cleanup events. Otherwise, no - for repairs we are only able to work on owner-occupied homes.
There is a backlog of applications for home preservation and repair. Current projects will be completed depending on funding and resources. We try to prioritize by need based on the impact to your health, safety, and the effect that further delay will have on the structural integrity of the house. If you are eligible, we will help you when we can, or we may be able to refer you to another agency that can help more quickly.
Eligibility of program applicants is determined based on three initial criteria: a need for better living conditions, the ability to pay for the repairs, and the willingness to partner with our program requirements. A secondary criteria is the priority and type of repairs your house needs. Once you've had a chance to review our programs for home preservation and repairs here, you can apply by downloading an application. To apply please download the application here. For questions, please contact Nancy Williams, Partner Services Director, at 417-829-4001 x 105,
The application will ask you to submit current income information including tax returns, and a description of what repairs your house needs. You can also submit a deed showing that you have title to the property, but if you do not have a copy, we can obtain that from the Greene County Recorder. Once we receive your application and supporting documents, we will let you know what else we need.
There is no specific timeline. Once the application is complete, it is a quick process to determine whether your income fits our criteria. If we are looking for projects, we then assess the priority of repairs, generally with an in-home appointment, and see if your needs fit into the funding available.
We take applications at all times. To apply please download the application here. Or contact Nancy Williams at 417-829-4001, ext 105.
By priority in terms of health and safety, but also by how the repairs needed fit into specific funding streams. For example, we may have funding for certain types of projects, or in certain geographic areas within Greene County.
We do not currently perform credit checks as part of our application process.
It depends on the specific program, but we may set up affordable monthly payments for you to repay Habitat for the cost of materials only. There is no cost for the labor provided by Habitat staff and volunteers.
Sweat Equity is a requirement of most Habitat for Humanity programs, including our home buying and home repair programs. During home repairs, it means that the homeowner is willing to assist the staff and volunteers, to the best of the homeowner's ability, with the work being done at their home.
A Brush with Kindness is an exterior home preservation program that offers painting, landscaping and minor repair services to eligible homeowners so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes for years to come. Projects include painting, landscaping, and minor repair services. Some of the services are only available during the City of Springfield neighborhood cleanups in neighborhoods where Habitat is partnering. This program allows current homeowners to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO (HFHS) to complete necessary repairs. HFHS provides volunteer labor, expertise of professional construction staff, and 0% interest, no-profit financing for the materials used for the repair. The homeowner will make payments for materials and other direct costs, and commit to participate in sweat equity hours to participate in the A Brush with Kindness program.
Critical Home Repair is a home repair program that offers extensive interior and exterior repair work. Skilled volunteers and professionals overseen by HFHS construction staff work to improve homes with roof repair or replacement, siding and trim repair or replacement, window replacement, floor and wall repair/replacement, and other similar work. This program allows current homeowners to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO (HFHS) to complete necessary repairs. HFHS provides volunteer labor, expertise of professional construction staff, and 0% interest, no-profit financing for the materials used for the repair. The homeowner will make payments for materials and other direct costs, and commit to participate in sweat equity hours to participate in the Critical Home Repair program.
Creating Healthy Homes is a loan program that is funded by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, and administered through its local member, Guaranty Bank, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Through this program, homeowners have been able to make repairs to their home through an affordable loan program. Home repair projects are completed by professional contractors through the CHH program. Types of repairs include roof, door, siding or window replacement, replacement or upgrade of plumbing or electrical systems, foundation repair and more. HFHS staff work with the homeowner to develop the scope of work, accept bids from professional contractors, and provide project oversight. Homeowners are then asked to sign a deed restriction that defines the loan as being forgiven over a five-year period.