Our Critical Repair program helps to ensure families are living in safe and well-maintained homes. 

Eligibility Requirements

Critical Home Repair applicants must:

  • Be the owner and occupant of a home within the County of Durham
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Be 62 years of age or older
  • Be handicapped or disabled
  • Have a household annual income below 50% of Durham's median income 
  • Demonstrate a need for critical home repair
  • Demonstrate a willingness to partner by performing sweat equity or community service (waived when government funding is provided)
  • Be current on property tax payments
  • Not apply for the program repeatedly within two years

Repair Corps Urgent Repairs Program

Special consideration is given to seniors, people with disabilities, families that are overcrowded and single-parent households.

Repair Corps is our partnership with The Home Depot Foundation to repair and renovate homes with military veterans and their families. Repair Corps is part of Habitat for Humanity’s larger veteran initiative through which veterans will be provided access to employment, volunteer, and housing solutions.

Approved Repair Corps projects include interior or exterior work performed to alleviate critical health, life and safety issues or code violations. Repair Corps work may include, but is not limited to:

  • Roof repairs and replacement
  • Structural wall, or floor system, damage
  • Repairs to reinstate insurance or satisfy code enforcement
  • Handicap accessibility renovations
  • Asbestos, mold or lead abatement/remediation
  • Electrical, plumbing and HVAC
  • Minor upgrades such as painting, caulking and insulation 

Eligible applicants for Repair Corps must:

  • Be a U.S. veteran who received an honorable or general discharge (verification of discharge status is required)
  • Live in the home as his/her primary residence
  • Demonstrate the need for a critical repair


  • The Repair Corps program is not available to widows/widowers of veterans. 
  • Active duty military/military families are not eligible.
  • The home must be owned and inhabited by a Habitat board-approved family. 
  • Projects may include existing Habitat homes, provided a qualified veteran resides in the home.


To the extent of the homeowner’s ability to pay, repayment of the loan is required. Repayment may be less than 100%, dependent upon the ability of the homeowner to repay this loan; however, repayment at some level is required.

After reading all the material, please continue to our online questionnaire to express interest in Durham Habitat's repair program. Our staff will be in touch to let you know the next steps of the process.

Click here to complete the online questionnaire

Habitat Success Stories

Worth helped found Durham Habitat as part of his Bible study group. He has volunteered to build hundreds of homes, but if you ask about his role with Habitat, he will take no special credit, saying, “Habitat just fits in with who I am.”