In partnership with county and local municipal governments, private lending institutions, non-profit partners and private individuals, NWNEPA provides services to help improve the safety, energy efficiency, and overall quality of our community’s housing structures. Our staff works directly with homeowners, property inspectors and qualified contractors to ensure that all work performed is to the highest standards. NWNEPA currently administers the following programs:
Free Volunteer Home Repair
For qualifying homeowners, NWNEPA offers free home repair services throughout the year with all work done at no cost to the homeowner! This program brings together local volunteers to benefit elderly, disabled and modest-income families. The homeowners must meet HUD income guidelines. For example, a household of two must earn less than $37,900. Applicants will be selected based on need and the availability of assistance. If you have any questions, please call NWNEPA at 570-558-2490.
Both labor and materials are free to qualifying households.
Applying: You may apply for yourself or nominate someone. To determine whether you qualify, click here. To be eligible to receive program services for future projects, please complete this confidential Homeowner Application and return to:
NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania
1510 North Main Ave.
Scranton, PA 18508
Note: Completing this application does not guarantee you will receive free volunteer home repairs.
NeighborWorks Week. National NeighborWorks® Week, held each June, is a time when NeighborWorks® America and its network of local nonprofit organizations connect with families across the nation to celebrate and beautify local communities.
During NeighborWorks® Week, local NeighborWorks® organizations all across the country mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, business people, neighbors, friends, and local and national elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness.
For the past three years, NWNEPA has hosted Carbondale NeighborWorks® Week, a project that has brought approximately 350 volunteers from across the country to the city of Carbondale to perform home repairs (painting, porch/step repair, wheelchair construction, weatherization, etc.) for more than 50 modest-income, disabled, and elderly residents who need a helping hand.
- Utilized approximately 970 volunteers who logged more than 27,888 hours of volunteer labor – valued at more than $570,000 to the community.
- Completed repairs and property improvements at 135 separate properties throughout the city of Carbondale.
- Purchased $52,000 worth of materials and supplies from local suppliers.
- Through its volunteers, provided 3,350 items of non-perishable food donations to local food pantries.
- Partnered with more than 40 separate business, municipal and individual sponsors.
Comments from residents who participated in the program:
“I’m going to be 82 years old, and I’ve been living here for 50 years. I want to live in my home as long as I can, and stay out of the high rises, and the work they did for me will help me do that. So I really appreciate it.” – Betty F., Carbondale resident
“It’s been a God-send. I can’t thank NWNEPA enough for the work they did to make my house look in tip-top shape.” – Emily R., Carbondale resident