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Critical Home Repair

The Critical Repair Program offers qualified homeowners affordable repair services to stabilize conditions that are a threat to health and safety. To be eligible, a family must:

  • Live in Kalamazoo County. (Note: available funding might restrict our work to within the city limits of Kalamazoo – check for current conditions.)
  • Own your home or be purchasing it through a mortgage.
  • Be able to pay a percentage of the cost of repair which will be based on household income level (see table).
  • Be willing to participate in the Home Maintenance and Repair Education Program.
  • Need a repair affecting the health and safety of the occupants or would prevent further damage to the home.
  • Refer to the application packet for additional criteria.


  • We are unable to work on mobile homes or homes being purchased through land contract.
  • We prioritize homes based on need and available funds. 
  • Homes that have been purchased “as-is” are not eligible for repairs.


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Repairs are prioritized based on greatest threat to health and safety and services are provided by Community Homeworks’ own licensed mechanical and building professionals.

What Repairs are Available?

Are you wondering if your repair need is something we can help you with? Remember that our repair services focus on problems that create unsafe or unstable conditions in your home. Here are some examples of the types of repairs we can do:Outlet

  • Heating system repair; some furnace replacements
  • Gas line repair
  • Limited duct work repair
  • Plumbing issues – leaks, broken faucets, toilet repairs, sewer line and drain cleaning, water heater repair/replacement, septic system pumping/repair, well repair
  • Electrical repairs – main wiring, outlets and switches only when dangerous or affecting a critical light
  • Exterior repairs – roof leaks, porch repairs (railing and floor hazards), siding repairs and eaves/soffits (only to prevent major future damage or when cited by the City)
  • Floor and stair repairs – for safety, such as rot or fall hazard
  • Window glazing (glass)
  • Window repairs and replacements – only when it presents a major security or safety risk

Our focus is always on addressing issues that directly impact health and safety in the home. Therefore, we do not provide any of the following types of services:

  • Painting of any kind, plaster or drywall repair
  • Cosmetic  or “Home improvement” projects, window replacements or landscaping
  • Energy efficiency upgrades unless part of the weatherization program
  • Main electrical service upgrades unless it poses an immediate hazard
  • Any work on garages or outbuildings

This program is offered in partnership with the City of Kalamazoo.