Safe and Healthy Homes • DC and Alexandria

Our Safe and Healthy Home program focuses on stabilizing 25 items that the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) found to drastically improve living conditions for a home’s residents, with a particular focus on low-income persons living in older and/or substandard housing who are disproportionately affected by home hazards. Volunteers work throughout the year on home safety, accessibility modifications, and fire and carbon monoxide safety prevention improvements.

Last year, our clients met only 68% of the recommended items, but after Rebuilding Together made repairs and upgrades, 86% of the items that contribute to a safe and health home were completed. 

“I haven’t smiled since my husband died a year ago, but the repairs you did on my home put a permanent smile on my face. Thank you for making me be happy.”

EH, Homeowner

Safe at Home • DC

The Safe at Home program helps older adults and people with disabilities living in DC reduce the risk of falls in partnership with the DC Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL). Currently the DC Department of Aging and Community Living offers grab bars, chair lifts and other safety modifications for DC resident below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). Rebuilding Together DC • Alexandria will provide the same services for qualifying households who make 80-100% AMI, working with occupational therapists.

Community Strong • DC and Alexandria

Our Community Strong program provides improvements to a variety of common spaces used by thousands of DC and Alexandria residents. From community parks and gardens to senior centers, homeless shelters and low-income daycare facilities, we partner with other organizations to upgrade or renovate these areas. Activities include building greenhouses and vegetable gardens, installing benches and tables, creating walkways, planting greenery, installing play areas, and much more. 

Because of the work we’ve completed, children now have safe areas to play, neighbors have gardens to grow their own food, seniors have social connection spaces, and safe facilities to attend, and whole neighborhoods have been revitalized.

A Home of Your Own • Alexandria

A Home of Your Own provides first-time buyers with an opportunity to become homeowners. We acquire foreclosed properties, renovate them using volunteer and skilled tradespeople, and sell the units to low- and moderate-income City of Alexandria residents and workers with greatly discounted and subsidized funding. Based on four recent acquisitions, buyers were able to decrease their housing costs by $350/month. In partnership with the City of Alexandria’s Office of Housing, we have provided affordable homes for more than 25 families.

For additional information regarding qualifying criteria, please call the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 or visit the Office of Housing’s website at