Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.rebuildingphilly.org

Mission

Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Ms. Stefanie Fleischer Seldin

Main address

4355 Orchard Street Suite 2R

Philadelphia, PA 19124 USA

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EIN

23-2549594

NTEE code info

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia provides free home repairs to low-income homeowners whose homes are unsafe and unhealthy because they cannot afford the cost of maintaining their home. Philadelphia's high rate of poverty (26%) combined with its aging housing stock (half built before 1950), means an extraordinary number of homeowners live in substandard housing. In fact, there are 6,000 people on the City's Basic Systems Repair Program waiting list. Although many low-income homeowners spend as much as 50% of their limited income on home repairs, the cost of maintaining an aging home is more than many families can manage. They are forced to choose between home repairs, buying food and medicine, or paying utility bills. Thus, our aim is to keep homeowners in their homes by addressing house repairs that impact health and safety.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Block Builds: Safe and Healthy Home Repairs

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia revitalizes communities by transforming vulnerable houses into safe, healthy and energy-efficient homes. RTP executes three Block Builds a year in April, June and October. Each Block Build is two or three rebuilding days that utilize between 100 and 250 volunteers, neighbors, and homeowners per day to repair 10 to 30 clustered homes in a targeted neighborhood.

Every Block Build includes:
Community Partner – a nonprofit with direct ties to the neighborhood that helps us identify blocks and homeowners
Homeowners - eligible homeowners from targeted blocks are encouraged to apply
Volunteers – each home has 8-12 volunteers working to complete repairs over several days. Additional volunteers help with materials management, photography and hospitality.
House Captains – the project managers break down tasks by day and room, assign volunteers to tasks, and keep everyone on task.
Skilled Leaders – each house has a skilled leader to order materials, and assist and train volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

Vo-Tech in the House! allows vocational students to put their classroom skills to work to repair homes for seniors. Throughout the year, high school students provide essential plumbing, electrical, masonry and carpentry repairs learned in their construction curriculum. Additionally, students focus on aging-in-place improvements for elderly homeowners such as grab bar and handrail installation, tripping hazards and old carpet removal, and step repair. Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., a nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen Latino communities, recruits qualified seniors whose homes need repairs. Every year, Vo-tech in the House! serves 25 homeowners age 62 or older who are at or below 80% of Area Median Income and who live near or in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Adolescents

This joint project with CHOP and other local partners provides extensive repairs focused on remediating asthma triggers in vulnerable homes in West Philadelphia.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Our newest initiative, RTP is renovating 40 houses of homeowners aged 55 or older in middle income neighborhoods which fall through the cracks – neither in crisis nor booming, they are critical to supporting this West Oak Lane community in Northwest Philadelphia.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes the total number of individuals served by Rebuilding Together Philadelphia each Fiscal Year through our four programs.

Number of low-income families housed in affordable, well-maintained units as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes the total number of families served by Rebuilding Together Philadelphia each Fiscal Year through our four programs.

Number of applications for housing received from targeted population

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth mentored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Vo-Tech in the House!

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers reported are the students that attend our Vo-Tech in the House Builds. These builds take place once a month. There are typically 12 builds per Fiscal Year.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Vo-Tech in the House!

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers reported are the students that attend our Vo-Tech in the House Builds. These builds take place once a month. There are typically 12 builds per Fiscal Year.

Number of older adults being supported to live at home through home care, assistive technology, and/or personal support plans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Related Program

Block Builds: Safe and Healthy Home Repairs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect the total number of houses that our Occupational Therapist assesses every Fiscal Year. Our Occupational Therapist only assesses our Block Build program houses.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RTP improves the health and safety of low-income homeowners, their families and their communities. Our work has four goals: (1) make critical home repairs, (2) provide physical upgrades to shared green spaces, (3) offer homeowner training to maximize the sustainability of home repairs, and (4) connect homeowners to social service resources for other areas of need.

• Establish a program and partnership strategy focused on maximizing homeowner and community impact.
• Craft and execute a robust plan to increase awareness of RTP.
• Leverage volunteer involvement to increase service impact, brand differentiation and funding growth.
• Create and implement a fund development plan for each stakeholder group.
• Develop a human resource strategy to ensure the sustainability of both staff and RTP.

RTP is the only organization in Philadelphia that uses a Block Build approach for an immediate impact on the health and safety of low-income homeowners and their families. This strategy utilizes between 100 and 200 volunteers, neighbors, and homeowners per day to repair 15 to 30 clustered homes in each targeted neighborhood over several days.

Our approach of identifying neighborhoods first, then individual homes, has enabled us to make the most efficient use of our resources and make a lasting impact for more homeowners and neighborhoods.

Every Block Build includes:
Community Partner – a nonprofit with direct ties to the neighborhood that helps us identify blocks and homeowners
Volunteers – each home has 10-15 volunteers working to complete repairs over several days. Additional volunteers help with materials management, photography and hospitality.
House Captains – the project managers break down tasks by day and room, assign volunteers to tasks, and keep everyone on task.
Skilled Leaders– each house has a skilled leader to order materials, and assist and train volunteers.

1,810 Homeowners helped since 1989
Served by: 38,235 Volunteers
Volunteer hours: 516,311
Provided $38.17 worth of safe and healthy home repairs

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

Board of directors
as of 10/06/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peter Hardy

Ballard Spahr LLP

Term: 2015 - 2017

Robert Bellinger

ASB Capital Management, Inc.

Catherine Gray

Comcast Corporation

Kathleen Maloney

International Fidelity Insurance Co.

Joseph Falco

Dalach LLC

Imani Hamilton

Wells Fargo

Michael McCarthy

Lincoln Financial Group

Kathleen Seweryn

Retired Funeral Director

Susan Wysor Nguema

LaSalle University

Nelson Acevedo

PNC

Melvin Singleton

Philadelphia Police Department

Jean Del Ferro

Einstein Healthcare Network

Arlen Klinger

Janney Montgomery Scott

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/6/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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