Home Improvement Programs
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha’s Home Improvement Programs partner with qualified families to assist with a variety of projects, from larger-scale exterior repairs to smaller-scale energy efficiency upgrades. Our programs range from grant-funded, no cost options to no-interest loans. The purpose of these programs is to help families maintain their homes and to keep the community thriving.
Home Repair Loans
Qualified families receive a no-interest loan to help pay for necessary repairs, allowing homeowners to spread the expense over 1-10 years to make them affordable. Habitat Omaha serves as the general contractor, hiring only subcontractors we know and trust. All work includes a 1-year warranty through Habitat Omaha.
Types of Repairs
- Heating, Air Conditioning and Water Heaters
- Roofs, Gutters and Siding
- Windows and Exterior Doors
- Driveways and Sidewalks
- Retaining Walls, Porches and Exterior Steps
- Other repairs may qualify (call for details)
- Owner must:
- demonstrate the ability to repay the no-interest loan
- have homeowners insurance upon project completion
- hold clear title to the property
- House must be owner-occupied and in Douglas County or surrounding counties
- Property taxes must be current
- Other restrictions may apply
If you have questions about home repair loans, contact a Home Repair staff member at (402) 457-5657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPPD Energy Efficiency Assistance Program
Habitat Omaha is a contractor for OPPD’s new Energy Efficiency Assistance Program. Qualified OPPD customers will receive a home energy efficiency kit, a free in-home energy assessment and the potential for up to $2,000 of energy efficiency upgrades to their home.
How It Works
Once you’ve applied for the program and are considered eligible, you will receive a home energy efficiency kit. After that, Habitat Omaha will conduct an in-home energy assessment of your home in order to identify opportunities for energy efficiency upgrades. The assessment takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete and provides an in-depth review of your home’s energy usage. Based on the assessment, we will determine whether or not your home qualifies for improvements. If it does, we will implement the upgrades as the program contractor so you can quickly reduce your energy use and start seeing savings on your monthly bills.
There are three requirements to be eligible for the Energy Efficiency Assistance Program:
- Your household income must be less than 200% of federal poverty level.
- You must own your home and it must be in the OPPD service territory.
- You must be an OPPD customer.
If you live in Douglas, Saunders, Dodge, Washington, Burt or Colfax Counties, contact us at (402) 457-5657 or email@example.com.
If you live in Sarpy, Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee or Richardson Counties, contact Southeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership (SENCA). Visit OPPD’s website for contact information.
Through Habitat Omaha’s Weatherization Program, qualified families receive energy efficiency upgrades at no cost. The goal of weatherization is to reduce your home energy consumption/costs for both heating and cooling, and improve your family’s physical comfort, health and safety.
Types of Repairs
- Air sealing
- Appliance upgrades
- HVAC system upgrades
- Heating assistance
- Other energy efficiency repairs may qualify
Households with combined gross income below 200% of federal poverty level are eligible. Persons receiving Supplemental Security Income, aid to dependent children, or heating assistance are automatically eligible. Habitat Omaha is the approved weatherization service provider for Douglas County. If you are not a resident of Douglas County, please visit the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy’s website to see other service providers.
For questions about energy efficiency upgrades, contact a Weatherization staff member at (402) 457-5657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQs – Weatherization Program
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Asbestos and Radon Fact Sheets (Nebraska Energy Office)
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ASHRAE Fact Sheet (Nebraska Energy Office)
More Dollar and Energy Savings (Nebraska Energy Office)
Emergency Home Repair Loans
Through the Emergency Home Repair Program, Habitat Omaha partners with families in need of urgent repairs. Qualified families receive a no-interest loan to help address health and safety concerns, primarily focused on:
- Complete mechanical failure of furnace
- Complete mechanical failure of air-conditioning
- Other repairs may qualify (call for details)
If you are experiencing a critical repair need (total mechanical failure of air conditioner, furnace, water heater, etc.), please call (402) 457-5657 and press ‘”0” to speak with the receptionist. From there, notify them that you have an emergency need and ask to speak with a Home Repair staff member.
As part of our long-term flood recovery efforts, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha has created a Flood Repair Initiative within our Home Repair Loan Program. The goal of this initiative is to help those impacted by the floods of 2019 return to living in their homes safely and comfortably. Learn more and find out how to apply by contacting us at (402) 457-5657 or email@example.com.
Veteran Home Repairs
All veterans who have received an honorable discharge are eligible to apply for our veteran home repair program. The program provides critical home repairs, defined as interior or exterior work performed to alleviate critical health, life and safety issues or code violations. This may include a change to or repair of materials or components; a reconfiguration of space; a modification for accessibility; installation or extension of plumbing, mechanical or electrical systems on an existing structure. Learn more and find out how to apply by contacting a Home Repair staff member at (402) 457-5657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for one of our programs, download the corresponding application above. If you have questions, please call (402) 457-5657 and ask to speak with a Home Repair or Weatherization staff member. Return completed applications for any home improvement program to Habitat Omaha, 1701 N. 24th St., Omaha, NE 68110.
“We are so very happy to have this new wonderful roof! [The contractors] did a great job and worked so hard — we recommend them to anyone highly.” – Janet and John K., Habitat Omaha Home Repair Clients
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