Repair Program

Critical, exterior repairs restore the safety of your home.

At Habitat for Humanity Capital Region, we work to ensure that everyone in our community has a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. Our Critical Home Repair Program addresses critical, exterior repair needs for low- to moderate-income homeowners in Ingham and Eaton counties.

By assisting homeowners with these repairs, Habitat Capital Region helps families and individuals maintain the integrity of their homes and prevent further deterioration so they can live in a safe and affordable home for years to come.

How does the program work?

The Repair Program is a hand up, not a handout. Repair partners complete 5-20 hours of sweat equity (volunteer time) based on the cost of their repair. Sweat equity can be completed with Habitat Capital Region or through other community volunteering opportunities.

This program is not for emergency repair needs. Our Repair Program takes time and is not equipped to handle emergency repairs. If you have an emergency need, we recommend contacting the City of Lansing or MDHHS -  Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Habitat Capital Region’s Repair Program addresses critical, exterior repair needs for qualified homeowners. Types of eligible repairs are:

Types of Repairs:

  • Repair porch
  • Repair wood stairs
  • Repair/replace windows
  • Repair/replace doors
  • Repair/replace gutters
  • Repair/replace siding
  • Repair/replace roof
  • Repair/replace water heater
  • Repair/replace furnace
Program Qualifications

The Critical Home Repair Program is for qualified low- to moderate-income homeowners in Ingham and Eaton Counties, Michigan. Clients must apply to the program to determine qualification.

Repair Program Income Guidlines:

Household Size

Income Range


Less than $49,600


Less than $56,640


Less than $63,760


Less than $70,800


Less than $76,480


Less than $82,160


Less than $87,840


Less than $93,520

Habitat Capital Region counts non-wage income from everyone in the household and wages from everyone 18 and older. Habitat  Capital Region counts all sources of income, including but not limited to alimony/maintenance, child support, food stamps, pension, retirement, SSDI, and SSI, but does not count unemployment or financial aid.

Qualified Home Repair Applicants Also:

  • Have owned and lived in the home in Ingham or Eaton County for at least 18 months

  • Can show current standing on mortgage payments and property taxes

  • Have a current homeowner insurance policy

  • Household income is within the program income guidelines

  • Are willing to partner by completing sweat equity requirements

  • Are able to provide all application paperwork in a timely manner

  • The Repair Program is not for mobile homes

Apply to the Repair Program

Request an Application

Submit Application and Required Supporting Documents

  • Submit your completed application with all required supporting documents. Habitat Capital Region requires that applicants submit additional documentation with their application in order to verify eligibility. Your application is not complete until all needed documents are attached.
  • You will receive a letter in the mail from the Homeowner Services Department within 30 days of submitting an application to let you know if your application is approved, denied, or if more information is needed.

Project Assessment and Funding

  • If your application is approved, your repair request will be sent to our Construction Department. A construction team member will go to your house to make an assessment and take photos of the work areas.
  • If construction is able to approve the project(s), you will discuss funding options with the Homeowner Services Department to help determine which projects we are able to move forward with.

Partnership Agreement and Work Begins

  • You will review and sign a partnership agreement with Habitat for Humanity Capital Region that states the details of your project and our commitments to each other.
  • Work will begin on your project once funding is secured and you have signed the partnership agreement!
  • Once the work is complete, you will review and sign a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to participate in a short survey about your experience with the Repair Program, and to share how the repair was beneficial to you.

A minor repair can make a major difference!