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National Rebuilding Month – April 2023

National Rebuilding Month in April is a month-long call to arms. It asks for communities to help rebuild the homes of vulnerable, low-income families in their local areas and beyond. It always ends on the last Saturday of April — April 30 this year. Spearheaded by Rebuilding Together since 1973, volunteers are called upon to participate in helping spruce up homes and community spaces that are in desperate need of repairs throughout the United States, to ensure safe and healthy living environments for everyone.

History of National Rebuilding Month

National Rebuilding Month, which runs through the month of April, is an annual activity spearheaded by Rebuilding Together. It calls upon volunteers and donors to assist low-income families and other persons in need to rebuild and renovate their homes. This ensures better living conditions.

The seeds of National Rebuilding Month were sowed in Midland, Texas in 1973. A small group of people recognized the plight of their fellow neighbors who were living in houses that were in desperate need of repairs. These people were not financially able to carry out the job themselves. Thus, they would dedicate the entire month of April to refurbishing, repairing, and renovating these homes. They would help improve the homes of the less fortunate members of their communities. These rebuilding efforts include repairing the foundations of the homes, landscaping, weatherproofing, disaster preparation, painting, accessibility modifications, and more.

Their actions would later catch on nationwide, spurring similar activities in various cities and towns throughout the United States. It would culminate in the formation of Rebuilding Together in 1988. They have since dedicated themselves to improving homes across the nation, attracting up to 100,000 volunteers and completing no less than 10,000 projects every year. They serve families, disaster victims, displaced veterans, and seniors. The refurbishment efforts are done at no cost to the homeowners. The strength and longevity of the movement are made possible by the help of volunteers lending their skills to the cause, along with donations from sponsors, businesses, schools, and the public. The fact that the movement is still prevalent after all these years showcases the willingness of Americans to help their fellow man in times of need. National Rebuilding Month concludes with National Rebuilding Day, which takes place on the last Saturday in April.

National Rebuilding Month timeline

1910
The First National Housing Association

Lawrence Veiller establishes the first multi-city housing association in the United States.

1921
The U.S.' First Public Housing Project

Milwaukee, Wisconsin carries out the United States' first public housing project, Garden Homes.

1937
The Housing Act of 1937

The United States Government passes the Wagner-Steagall Housing Act, which guarantees government subsidies for public housing agencies to carry out their work.

1973
The First National Rebuilding Month

The first unofficial National Rebuilding Mont' takes place in Midland, Texas, as volunteers help fix up homes for people in need.

1988
Rebuilding Together is Established

Rebuilding Together opens its first national office in 1988 in Washington D.C.

National Rebuilding Month FAQs

Why do we need a National Rebuilding Month?

Highlighting the housing plights of vulnerable, low-income residents is an important step towards resolving the general issues surrounding affordable housing, namely the conditions of living. By dedicating an entire month to the issue, it helps spread awareness about the role of communities to help alleviate the problems.

Where can I participate in a National Rebuilding Month project?

National Rebuilding Month’s initiators, Rebuilding Together, have affiliates across the United States, from major cities to rural towns, that are holding projects in their local areas.

What are some other housing-related charities that I am able to support?

The United States has an abundance of affordable housing-related charities that carry out the same vision as Rebuilding Together. You can direct your support towards such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, NeighborWorks, and Homes for America.

How to Observe National Rebuilding Month

  1. Lend a hand

    National Rebuilding Month would not be possible without volunteers. If there is a National Rebuilding Month program taking place in your local area, do not hesitate to lend your time and skills to help the cause.

  2. Donate

    If you are unable to be at an event physically, you can always donate to the cause through the Rebuilding Together website. You can also shop at Amazon Smile, where you can select any charity to donate to when you make a purchase.

  3. Spread awareness

    As many people as possible need to know about National Rebuilding Month. You can help raise awareness by posting about the movement on your social media pages or directly to your surroundings.

5 Benefits Of Improved Housing

  1. Improved health

    A safer, cleaner house ensures better short-term and long-term health effects for its residents.

  2. Improved economic benefits

    With many affected homeowners unable to spend the necessary home maintenance costs, improved homes relieve them from a serious burden.

  3. Long-term planning

    Residents of a refurbished home are more likely to either pass the property down to family or friends or are more likely to remain in their current homes longer.

  4. Fewer accidents

    A home with improved facilities lessens the possibility of unwanted accidents taking place, particularly for disabled residents.

  5. Mental health improvements

    A refurbished home helps reduce stress levels and improve the mental health of its residents.

Why National Rebuilding Month is Important

  1. It improves the livelihoods of many

    National Housing Month underlines the fact that every person deserves to live well under a good roof. A refurbished home significantly helps guarantee the health, safety, and even future of affected residents.

  2. It lessens financial burdens

    The burdens of rising rent and house repair costs can be alleviated through this program. It lessens the financial burdens of affected residents and helps them feel secure.

  3. It showcases the best of community values

    It shows the strength of a community's values in caring about their fellow residents and making sure that every single member deserves to live well. This is what being an American is about.

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