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Serving More Families Through Strategic Alliance

Rebuilding Together Fox Valley, Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity Collaborate to Improve Services, Assist More Homeowners

Appleton, WI – Low income homeowners in the Fox Valley who need assistance with home repairs and upkeep will benefit from a new strategic alliance between Rebuilding Together Fox Valley and Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity, both nonprofits.

The two organizations have entered into a new strategic alliance they expect will avoid duplication of services, increase efficiencies, and serve more low income Fox Cities homeowners in need of assistance with home repairs.

“The intent is to extend critical home repair services to the increasing population in our community who are at risk of losing their home or who face substandard living conditions,” says Shannon Wiegman, Rebuilding Together Fox Valley executive director.

Before this alliance:

  • Rebuilding Together offered home repair services free of charge to all low-income homeowners who were either elderly, disabled, or veterans.
  • Habitat for Humanity offered home repair services to low-income homeowners who had the ability to pay for the repairs through a no-interest loan.
  • Some fell through the cracks – those who are not elderly, disabled or veterans and without enough income to repay a loan.
  • Some – elderly, disabled or veterans who have the ability to pay for their repairs over time could be served by either organization – for free from Rebuilding Together or through a no-interest loan with Habitat.
  • Each organization had its own program application, intake process and home assessment functions, and referred homeowners to each other as needed.

As a result of the alliance:

  • Rebuilding Together serves homeowners who are unable to pay for the home repairs; regardless of age, disability or veteran status.
  • Habitat serves those in need who have the ability to repay a no-interest loan over time.
  • The two organizations will work together to develop a single point of entry application process through which potential clients will be directed to one or the other service provider. They also will develop a singular home improvement assessment process.
  • The organizations will jointly hire two staff positions: one to work with families as they apply for the program and one to assess the repair needs.

“What is most important here is the need in the community,” says Habitat Executive Director John Weyenberg. “It is our goal to accommodate the previously underserved population in an efficient and truly collaborative manner. This alliance will prevent duplication of services and provide support to those who need it most.”

The two organizations expect the strategic alliance will result in less duplication of services; fewer homeowners “falling through the cracks;” a streamlined application process; a more efficient, uniform process for assessing needed repairs, and cost savings by filling two shared positions.

As soon as the framework can be put into place, the partners plan to make the revised application available online, along with additional details.

For more information, contact Rebuilding Together at 920-730-2156 or Habitat for Humanity by calling 920-954-8702.

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