United Saints Recovery Project is happy to offer services to disadvantaged home owners in need of reconstruction, home repairs, and home maintenance. We match volunteers with eligible home owners to do specific types of projects. Because we work with volunteers, we specialize in projects that are best for one experienced team leader with a group of 8 or more volunteers. We provide the labor, the home owner provides the materials.

Are you a disadvantaged home owner? Things to have handy: Our qualification process is pretty simple, but please have these things ready: Proof of ownership. Deed/title is best, but if there is no deed we will consider property tax receipts, mortgage payments, etc as proof of ownership. We may ask for proof that your property taxes are up-to-date depending on the scope of the project. A recent tax filing if we are qualifying you on the basis of low income. Proof of disabled status if we are qualifying you on the basis of disability. Proof of service if we are qualifying you as a military veteran. A copy of your photo ID.
We may consider a home owner "disadvantaged" (eligible for assistance) for a number of reasons. Generally, most low income families, senior citizens on fixed incomes, or home owners with disabilities will qualify. We review each prospective project on a case-by-case basis, however, so other factors will be considered such as: If the damage is from a recent disaster. Urgent health circumstances. If you have been a victim of contractor fraud. If you have received notice from Codes Enforcement, have been declared a blighted property, are facing possible legal adjudication as a result of a complaint, or otherwise are at risk of losing your home because of its condition. If the home is the sole major asset for an extended family. If you are under-insured, that is you have insurance but the deductible makes your insurance unusable. If you are on active duty or a military veteran (any type of discharge will be considered). If you are a first-responder. To qualify for assistance, there are some mandatory requirements, including but not limited to: You must own the home. If you don't have a deed (such as for Succession or Heir Properties) tax receipts or similar proof of ownership will be considered. It must be your sole and permanent residence. If the home is not currently livable and you are displaced, it must be your intention to permanently re-occupy it. Also, we cannot assist if your intention is to "flip," sell, or make it into a short-term rental property. If your intention is to occupy one portion of it and rent the rest on a long-term basis, it can be considered for assistance. You must be willing to sign a hold harmless agreement and release from liability.
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Important notes: Services are provided free and on a volunteer basis and therefore there is no warranty or guarantee of benefit. If you have the means to get the work done by professionally you should do it that way so that we can save our volunteer power to assist those who have no other options. Our service is to provide the labor. You must be able to pay for all materials.
What kind of projects do we do? Contact us: CLICK HERE
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Some work is ideal for volunteers. Good volunteer projects need 8-15 people for at least a few days up to three months and require skills that can be taught quickly. Examples include: Large scale interior and exterior painting. Painting projects that require some repair work beforehand also make good volunteer projects. Major exterior repair and re-siding. Large scale interior reconstruction and re-finishing including insulation, drywall, flooring, etc. Gutting, interior demolition, and mold abatement. Termite or water damage repair if extensive enough to require a large team. Some projects aren't suitable for volunteers. In general, we can't mobilize a volunteer team for small "handyman" type projects or for non-urgent ones (such as repairing or painting detached sheds, garages, etc.). There are some types of work we specifically cannot do for logistical or technical reasons, such as: Plumbing, electrical, HVAC work, fire or security systems. Raising, shoring, foundation, extensive sill replacement, or slab removal. Window replacement. Carpeting. Wheelchair ramps. Decks or patios. Re-modeling or other changes to the design of the house that are not essential in order to live in it. Roof repair or replacement. We sometimes replace roofs, but only when we have a qualified roofer on staff to supervise the work and that's not often. Gutters. Lead or asbestos abatement. Lawncare, landscaping, or tree removal. Fences.
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Please be aware: Our waiting list for projects is very long at present, so it may take quite some time for us to come have a look. Please be patient. We have a very small staff. Our service is to provide the labor. You must be able to pay for all materials.

United Saints Recovery Project

2309 Dryades Street

New Orleans, LA

70113

(504)233-8883

volunteer@unitedsaints.org

www.unitedsaints.org

United Saints Recovery Project is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit public charity

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