Home Preservation Program

Our Home Preservation program is about restoring neighborhoods one home at a time, through simple acts of kindness.

We work to maintain the affordable housing stock and to allow seniors to age in place.

Our home preservation program provides painting, landscaping and minor repair services to local homeowners in need. Our goal with this program is to revitalize the appearance of our neighborhoods, build community among neighbors, and ensure homeowners have a safe, decent, and healthy place to live.

We have joined our home preservation program with Habitat’s Aging in Place initiative to focus our efforts on senior homeowners in our community. With this program, a special assessment is conducted on the senior’s home to assess the need for services which can help ensure they continue to live safely and comfortably in their own home. An affordable loan is provided to the homeowner to cover the cost of the repairs. Available services include installation of grab-bars and low-level carbon monoxide detectors, evaluation of trip-hazards, and furnace servicing.

How to apply?

Often, these homeowners can make their monthly mortgage payment but do not have additional funds available for basic home maintenance or safety improvements.

Qualified applicants will be able to provide the following information with their application:

  • Proof of ownership showing name and address of applicant (for example a deed on the home or property tax receipt).
  • A copy of your homeowner’s insurance or a copy of a recent insurance bill.
  • Applicants will show income within designated San Luis Obispo Affordable Housing Standard limits (very low to low-income per household size). All adults living in the house who are over the age of 18 must submit an income document (or prove current student status) showing name and address. Income verification must include a copy of the most recent tax return AND one or more of the following, as applicable: monthly social security receipts, other retirement income receipts, employment check stubs, and/or benefits for children.
  • Be willing and able to partner with Habitat by providing sweat equity toward the project. Sweat equity includes working with the volunteers on the repairs of your home. Seniors and persons with serious medical conditions may complete this requirement by doing alternative activities such as signing in volunteers or providing water and snacks.

Affordable Housing Standards

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Interested homeowners should download our Home Preservation Program application


What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.

How does Habitat for Humanity help families?

People in your community and all over the world partner with Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

How does Habitat for Humanity homeownership work?

Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.

Each local Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:

  • The applicant’s level of need.
  • Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
  • Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.

Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners, in addition to paying an affordable mortgage and receiving financial education.

Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing Habitat’s homeowners.

Does Habitat for Humanity only build new houses?

Habitat for Humanity works in a number of different ways to create decent, affordable housing.

In addition to new construction, Habitat also renovates existing homes in many communities, particularly in urban areas.

Habitat for Humanity helps people repair and improve their own homes and neighborhoods.

Habitat’s Disaster Response works with local communities to address a variety of housing needs after natural disasters.

Habitat’s advocacy work raises awareness and support for decent and affordable housing around the world.

Outside of North America, Habitat works with partner organizations to serve even more families through innovative financing methods.

How do you volunteer for Habitat for Humanity?

There are many ways to volunteer:

  • Volunteer locally
  • Travel and build
  • Volunteer long-term
  • Volunteer as part of a group
  •  Volunteer as part of a special event

What kind of donations does Habitat for Humanity accept?

Habitat depends on financial donations to fund our work. These donations help families build a place they can call home. We also have the Cars for Home program, Giving Stocks, and various other donation programs.

We also have local home improvement stores called Habitat ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The money made from these sales is used to help families build a better future.

What is a Habitat for Humanity ReStore?

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build strength, stability and self-reliance locally and around the world.

Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?

Habitat for Humanity works in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world. Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia, and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

How are donations distributed and used?

Habitat for Humanity relies on gifts from individuals, corporations and other groups to help families in need of decent and affordable homes around the world. All donations of any amount are deeply appreciated.

Designated donations are allocated in support of the U.S. affiliate, national organization or program of the donor’s choosing.

Undesignated gifts are invested through the Global Impact Fund where they can have the greatest impact.

Habitat’s Global Impact Fund helps:

  • Design and replicate innovative programs to serve more low-income families.
  • Build the capacity of our network of U.S. affiliates and national organizations.
  • Cover other costs necessary to ensure that Habitat fulfills its mission with excellence.

How does Habitat for Humanity work with the government?

Habitat asks legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable homeownership and decent housing.

Habitat monitors public policies related to housing, community and international development.

Habitat advocates for policies that will increase access to decent, affordable housing available to people around the world.

Habitat accepts government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate our principles or limit our ability to proclaim our Christian identity.

Is Habitat for Humanity a Christian organization?

Yes, we are a global nonprofit Christian housing organization. All who desire to be a part of this work are welcome, regardless of religious preference or background. We have a policy of building with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.