Applying for Assistance
To apply for assistance from Renovation Alliance, you must submit an application. Our repair services are provided at no charge to qualified homeowners. We rely on the hard work of volunteers, as well as donated materials, grants, and individual donations to provide these services. Homeowners are asked to welcome the volunteers into their homes and work alongside them to the extent they are able.
- Applicant must own the home, have resided in the home for a minimum of 2 years, and be up-to-date on tax payments. The home must be the applicant’s primary residence.
- The home must be in our service area (cities of Roanoke and Salem, Town of Vinton, counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, and Floyd).
- Household income must be at or below 80% of area median income. Determination is based on household size. 80% of area median income for Roanoke City is $69,050 for a family of four. Area median income is updated annually. Area median income is determined by HUD and more information is available at: www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il.html.
Household Size 80% Area Median Income Limit 1 $51,200 2 $58,500 3 $65,800 4 $73,100 5 $78,950 6 $84,800 7 $90,650 8 $96,500
- Renovation Alliance gives priority to households with at least one member over the age of 60, households with members living with a disability, households caring for a young child, or a veteran homeowners or their surviving spouse.
How to Apply:
You can now apply for services online! Click below to fill out our application. Please call us at 540-400-0959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having any trouble with the form!
Please note: Due to current application volume, we are only reviewing applications for emergency repairs and/or homes located in the Belmont-Fallon Target Area. All other applications will not be processed until on or after July 1, 2023. We appreciate your understanding.
You can also download the PDF version of the application form below and mail it to us if you prefer. Our mailing address is listed on the second page of the application. If you need an application mailed to you, contact our office at 540-400-0959.
Services and Eligibility FAQs
What type of work does Renovation Alliance do?
General Repair & Maintenance – Upgrading electrical and plumbing; structural repairs; repairing roofs; addressing issues cited by city or county housing inspections; and additional repairs as needed.
Weatherization & Energy Efficiency Improvements – Installing low-flow water faucets and toilets; caulking; re-glazing or replacing windows, and more.
Safety and Accessibility Modifications – Installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, grab bars, shower seats, raised toilets, stairway rails, and no-slip stair treads; building wheelchair-accessible ramps; and eliminating trip and fall hazards.
We are not typically able to address mold/pest issues or cosmetic upgrades. The extent of repairs provided is subject to availability of funding and a prioritization of critical repairs.
Do homeowners pay for their repairs?
All repairs are completed at no charge to qualified homeowners. Labor and many supplies are donated. Homeowners, and their families and friends, are asked to welcome the volunteers into their homes and work alongside them to the extent they are able.
What happens after I apply?
Once we receive your application, our board and staff will check that all eligibility requirements are met. We will contact you if more information is needed about the repairs requested. Once minimum qualifications are verified, staff and board members will complete a home review. Qualified projects will be matched with volunteer groups as funding and scheduling allows.
My application has been selected and my home has been reviewed by RA staff. When will my repairs be completed?
Repair dates vary based on many different factors. We rely on funding sources that require us to submit project information before we can complete repairs, which can take a few months for approval. We also need income verification from homeowners before we can complete any repairs. Additionally, we rely on volunteers to complete many repairs, so scheduling needs to be matched with a volunteer group. We understand that it can be very frustrating to wait, but please be patient with us as we try to help as many families as possible.
My application was denied even though I meet the requirements. Why?
Unfortunately, due to our limited resources, we are unable to help all homes that have a need. We prioritize homeowners who are low-income, over the age of 60, living with a disability, caring for a young child, or a veteran or surviving spouse, but sometimes we do not have the funds or labor necessary for all applicants.
I own a home that is outside of your service area. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately, our funding is restricted owner-occupied homes located within our service area. If you need services, additional resources are available here, or you can call 2-1-1 to locate resources near you.
If you have any additional questions about our services or eligibility requirements, contact us at email@example.com or 540-400-0959.