Mission of Community Toolbox
Community Toolbox believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. We strive to bring communities and volunteers together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need by providing small, affordable home repairs for the safety and well-being of our residents.
Home repairs will be focused on three areas - safety, health and accessibility. Minor home repairs may include, but are not limited to, the following areas or functions:
- Safety handles (grab bars)
- Handrails or banisters
- Small plumbing repairs including faucets & toilet replacements
- Small electrical jobs
- Storm windows and doors
- Air sealing
- Handicap Accessibility Improvements
Community Toolbox does not work on buildings that are not considered the primary residence (i.e. detached garage, sheds, and barns) or the repair or replacement of non-essential items (hot tubs, swimming pools, paint, etc.). We do not do work considered cosmetic.
Types of Assistance
The program will provide small home repairs to approved homeowners. Cost to the homeowner will be for materials only. Labor will be provided on a volunteer basis. CT reserves the right to exceed the per-home limit on a case by case basis where a severe hardship might exist.
There may be situations that arise when a homeowner’s need is great and they do not have the ability to pay. These situations will be reviewed and if there are funds available, they may be done pro-bono, or if not, CT may be able to partner with other resources to get the work done. Will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
A homeowner may only be awarded assistance 2 times in a five-year period.
To be eligible for program repairs, the Current Annual Household Income of the Homeowner(s) must be at or below 200% Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) adjusted for family size. Household income will include all working family members who live in the home. A homeowner’s income must be verified by an approved CT validating agency.
Ownership and Occupancy
The home must be owned and occupied by the Homeowner(s). The homeowner must provide a copy of the most recent property tax bill to verify ownership.
Nature and Extent of Minor Repairs
As part of determining eligibility for this program, all housing units will be inspected to determine if repairs can be undertaken within the scope of the program. Factors to be evaluated may include but are not limited to the program’s three focus types; safety, health and accessibility, as well as the total cost of the repair(s).
PLEASE NOTE: Community Toolbox does not perform lead or asbestos abatement, nor do we do mold removal.
Types of Structures
Structures eligible for this program must be owner-occupied units. Common areas are not eligible.
To qualify for approval, the housing unit must be located within the CT Service Area.