Emergency Repair Program
Imagine waking up without running or hot water, heat on a cold day, or facing a backup of raw sewage. The first thing you'd do is pick up the phone and call for repairs, right? But what if you did not have the resources for much needed repairs. What would you do?
Our Emergency Repair Program focuses on urgent home repairs for our clients, including repairing or replacing furnaces and hot water heaters that have stopped working.
Our program stands apart due to our quick response – providing significant and urgent solutions most often within 48 hours. Restoring heat (through furnace repair and replacement) and water (repairing and replacing water heaters, major plumbing leaks, and some sewer repairs) are the most significant and dramatic examples of our program. These critical repairs can keep families in their homes, avoiding health department or social service interventions. In 2016, the EHRP program supported 32 families and represented nearly half our work for the year.
To facilitate our rapid response, RTMD relies upon paid skilled professionals to complete the work in most cases. We have strong relationships with many licensed contractors, often providing in kind supplies and discounted labor, lessening our financial burden to make these repairs. While we would love to call upon volunteers for this program, the technical nature – requiring a current contractors’ license, and waiting for volunteers’ schedules to coincide with the homeowner’s – would eliminate the efficient, turn-key aspects of the emergency repairs needed.
To be eligible for our Emergency Repair Program, homeowners must:
- Reside in the seven-county Denver Metro Area
- Own your own home
- Live on a low income
- Be either over age 60, a veteran, or be living with a disability or be a caregiver to someone living with a disability.
To learn more about our Emergency Repair Program, please call (720) 524-0840