Our home repair program helps provide free home repairs for low-income Tulsa homeowners.

How it works

  • Location: Home must be located within Tulsa City Limits
  • Ownership: House must be in applicant's name (we do not assist rental units or lease to own)
  • Applicant: Priority is given to seniors over the age of 60, people living with a disability, and families enrolled in EDUCARE
  • Income: Must meet low-income guidelines (see chart below)
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Home Repair Program

Revitalize T-Town's home repair program was created in 1997 out of the need for home repairs for homeowners living on limited incomes.  All homes are located in Tulsa City Limits.

The home repair program has four areas focused on some the biggest needs of our clients.  This includes replacing roofs, making homes energy efficient, providing home modifications and general needs such as plumbing, electrical and paint.  These repairs are grouped under Roofs, Energy Efficiency, Safe at Home, and ROOT.  Homeowners can, and often, receive repairs in multiple focus areas of the home repair program as their needs are assessed on an individual basis.

Roofs

One of the biggest needs for homeowners is roof replacement or repair. Many of the other repairs that are offered cannot be made until the roof is repaired or replaced. If other repairs are made to the home when the roof is leaking, these repairs are futile.  For example, insulation cannot be blown in for fear that it would get wet, sheetrock cannot be replaced and electrical repairs cannot happen. Faulty roofs can cause many issues for the low-income clients we serve.  Leaky roofs use a lot of energy causing high energy bills for homeowners on limited incomes.  This can cause stress and worry for the homeowner.  When inclement weather arrives, the moisture from the rain, ice or snow can cause additional damage to the home, which results in higher roof replacement costs and requires increased resources to make additional repairs. Many of the roof leaks are so severe, that homeowners are placing buckets under the leak to catch the rain or melting snow and ice.

Energy Efficiency

Each home worked on receives energy efficiency repairs made possible by funding provided by AEP/PSO. These repairs could include attic insulation, weatherizing doors and windows, sealing large gaps and cracks, installing CFL bulbs, etc. On average, $300 is saved by homeowners on their energy bill, which is 2% of our client's average income.

Safe at Home

Revitalize T-Town’s Safe at Home repairs focus on providing a safe living environment for the homeowner. These repairs could include wheelchair ramps, handrails, grab bars, ADA faucets, lever door handles, hand held showers, shower seats, raised toilets, remove torn carpet/tiles, smoke detectors, Co2 detectors,fire extinguishers or other home modification repairs that provide for the safety of our homeowners.

R.O.O.T (Repairs offered other times)

Repairs could include electrical, plumbing, door locks, carpentry, paint prep, exterior paint, yard clean-up, exterior house numbers, and other repairs identified on a case by case basis.

Client Stories

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Ms. Bessie

Ms. Bessie is 85 years old and has lived in her home for 26 years. She had  a steep, weathered and unstable ramp she had to use when going to doctor appointments.
"I have a terrible fear of going down that ramp," she said. Revitalize T-Town provided Ms. Bessie with a new wheelchair ramp! Ms. Bessie was thrilled that she would be able to safely get outside to attend her grandson's wedding. "My old ramp was an accident waiting to happen. I was so fearful. Now I can go outside! This is such a blessing." 

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Mr. Anthony

Before Mr. Anthony’s ramp and flooring were repaired, he would just “pop a wheelie” to get over bumps. After being paralyzed at 19, Mr. Anthony started playing wheelchair basketball, which resulted in a scholarship to OSU where he obtained his degree in social work. He traveled the world playing in the Para Olympics then landed back in Tulsa where he works as a social worker for DHS. Through his work, he tries to give people hope and counsels those new to being in a wheelchair how to navigate. Mr. Anthony is an asset to the Tulsa community and those he works with! He told RTT, "Words cannot express my appreciation. I can now push up my ramp with minimal effort. My kitchen was completely burned. I have not had a kitchen for eight months and have been relying on family and friends to provide meals. I didn’t have a home, I had shelter. Thank you so much."

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Mr. Walter and Mrs. Janette

Mr. Walker and Mrs. Janette have lived in their home for 40 years. Mr. Walter served in the US Army for 20 years where he served in Japan, Germany, Korea and Vietnam. After serving in the Army, he worked in maintenance at the Tulsa Boys home for 13 years.  They raised their 3 children in their home and want to continue living there. "We aren't planning on going anywhere. We want to stay here as long as we can." Their roof had obvious leaks and was going to cause serious damage to their home if it was not repaired. Mr. Walter and Ms. Janette received a new roof from Revitalize T-Town, safety repairs including grab bars, a shower seat and an ADA toilet, and energy efficiency repairs. These repairs will allow them to have a safe and healthy place to age in place! 

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Mr. Paul and Mrs. Betty

Mr. Paul and Mrs. Betty have lived in their home for 54 years. Mr. Paul served in the Navy from 1951 to 1961. They raised their 2 children in their home and have watched their grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up visiting their home! They want to continue living in their home where they have made years of family memories! Ms. Betty fell going into the garage this year, and after recovering, was fearful of falling again. Revitalize T-Town installed grab bars in their bathroom and low rise steps into their garage to help ensure they would have a safe home to age in place! "We sure appreciate it. We used to do everything, but with age and health, we can't anymore. Thanks a million!"

 

Apply For Free Home Repairs

 If you would like to apply for free home repairs from Revitalize T-Town, call 918-742-6241 to request a mailed application or download a homeowner application. When completed, mail to 14 E 7th Street, Tulsa, OK 74119. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed. All requested documents must be included. Meetings at the Revitalize T-Town office are by appointment only.

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“I can’t put my feelings into words. I appreciate it so much!”

– Ms. B.

“This has taken a lot of pressure off my daily worries.”

- Mr. B.

“It stays cooler in the summer. It doesn’t leak any more, and we love it! They did a nice job and we are really grateful”

– Mr. and Mrs. W.

"My home is warmer and weatherproof! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

– Ms M.

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