Ramps and Rails

Home Repair Program

Through our Home Repair Ramps & Rails program, Palouse Habitat works with low-income home-owners to build or make repairs to exterior ramps, steps, and decks to insure safe access to the home.  Habitat offers a hand up, not a hand out.  Our programs are designed as partnerships, where the partner family must meet requirements including helping with the project and paying for the cost of materials.

Our Home Repair program is financed through private donations and using volunteer labor to build and repair homes with those in need of decent, affordable housing Latah and Whitman County.  (Add donate button with link to donate page on website) and encouraging language to support this program.

Palouse Habitat for Humanity adheres to federal fair housing policy.  We consider all applications, and we do not discriminate based on race, color, religions, sex, handicap, family status or national origin.

Ramps and Rails home repair volunteers on a project site.

Apply for a Home Repair Project

The first step is to fill out the online Home Repair Inquiry form. If you can not access the form online, please call the Palouse Habitat office at 208-883-8502 for assistance.

Once we receive your application, we will give you a phone call to discuss the project and determine if we can help.  We will also schedule a site visit to assess the project.

If accepted, you will fill out a Homeowner Agreement form with Palouse Habitat for Humanity.  This form will define the scope of work, sweat equity requirements, and homeowner's responsibility for any project costs.

Program FAQ's

Past Projects

Callie and Kyle with Kyle's mother

Callie and Ryan's Ramps & Rails Story

Callie, a professor at Washington State University, moved to Pullman, Washington, last summer. Her boyfriend, Kyle, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and uses a powerchair to get around. They had hoped that they would be able to make the move to Pullman together. But when looking for a place, they soon realized that there is limited accessible housing in Pullman. Because of this, they had to begin dating long distance until they could install a ramp making their home accessible for Kyle. When they looked into installing a ramp, they couldn't find anyone to build it for less than $8,000, and with the purchase of a new wheelchair-accessible vehicle as well as other expenses, that was out of their budget. When Callie contacted us about building a ramp at their new home our Ramp & Rails Crew went to work. Because of Palouse Habitat for Humanity's Ramp & Rail Crew and the Moscow Central Lions Club, Kyle was able to move to Pullman sooner than expected and they were able to be together again.

Carolyn Adam and Chet Pitner celebrate the completion of a ramp build.

The Ramps & Rails Team installed a ramp for Mr Bill Moore in rural Colfax, WA in Spring of 2023.

Ramps and Rails volunteers working on a ramp build.

The Ramps & Rails Team hard at work on a ramp installation in Moscow, ID.

Volunteers work to install a large aluminum ramp system

The Ramps & Rails Team installed a large aluminum ramp system outside Julietta, ID.

Support Ramps & Rails

Each ramp will costs over $500 to build and can serve several families. Your support will help us purchase the lumber and other materials needed to build these ramps.  Thank you for helping us provide safe access to their homes for our neighbors.

To donate, please visit Habitat's online donation page. In the Other Information, write us a note if you want your support designated for the Home Repair program.

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