Rebuilding Together Orlando

Promoting Safe and Healthy Housing in Your Community

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together started with the simple act of neighbors helping neighbors.

In 1973, a small group of people in Midland, Texas, realized a growing need in their community. Their neighbors’ homes had fallen into disrepair and the homeowners could not afford to fix them on their own. They volunteered their time and skills to rehabilitate the homes of their neighbors. Realizing the potential impact of this work, the group formed Christmas in April, with the intent of performing repair and rehabilitation work in their community every April.

News of the group’s good work spread slowly, but eventually achieved national recognition. The mission spread beyond the idea of providing service once a year in April to bringing together partners from all walks of life to help our neighbors year-round. We became Rebuilding Together and opened the national office in 1988.

Today, Rebuilding Together has grown into premier nonprofit housing organization, garnering five consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Our Mission

Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.

Our Vision

Safe homes and communities for everyone.

Our History

Formed in 2002, Rebuilding Together Orlando is a not-for-profit organization created to assist low-income seniors, veterans, families with children, and disabled homeowners living in Central Florida with repairs necessary to help make their homes comfortable, safe, and dry. Renovation and repairs performed on these homes safeguard them against damage and loss of value; a benefit to both the homeowner and any organization financing and/or insuring the property.

Our Impact

Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year.

Rebuilding Together's 25 Health and Safety Priorities

1. The homeowner has safe ingress and egress to the home.

2. The roof is watertight.

3. Rainwater is effectively shed and directed away from the structure.

4. Exterior walls have no gaps, cracks or holes larger than 1/8 inch.

5. Windows and exterior doors open and close, lock securely and seal well.

6. Home is free of live infestation of pests, and sources of attraction are removed.

7. The numerals in the property’s street address are cleanly visible from the street.

8. Working smoke detector is on each floor and in or near bedrooms to meet code.

9. A working CO detector protects home with gas appliances or attached garage.

10. A currently dated ABC fire extinguisher is available in or near the kitchen.

11. Water heaters, furnaces and space heaters that produce CO exhaust outside.

12. No known electrical hazards are present, and kitchen   and baths have GFCIs.

13. The homeowner has access to a working water heater, refrigerator and range.

14. The kitchen and bathrooms have an exhaust fan vented outside.

15. The homeowner has access to a working sink, toilet and bathtub or shower.

16. Modifications to toilets and tubs assist those who need help.

17. Grab bars are strategically placed for those at risk of falls.

18. Stairs and steps have secure handrails that meet occupants’ needs.

19. Main rooms and stairs are free of tripping hazards.

20. Old, filthy carpeting has been replaced, preferably with durable flooring.

21. Clothes dryer, if present, vents outside w/ metal duct and unobstructed airflow.

22. The homeowner can maintain the interior temperature in a comfortable range.

23. Main rooms and stairs have adequate lighting for occupants to move safely.

24. Interior paint and wall covering is intact.

25. The home is free of active water leaks and serious moisture problems.