Programs that pay for or provide assistance in the form of consultation, labour and/or supplies for people want to build an accessible home or need to upgrade their homes to make them attractive, safe, accessible and energy-efficient.
Programs that provide access to building materials at below market costs. In many cases, the materials have been recovered from obsolete buildings by building deconstruction programs and made available for reuse by communities as an alternative to purchasing new materials.
Programs that acquire and/or redevelop property in a community with the objective of providing an affordable, safe, sanitary and pleasant place for people to live and work while at the same time attracting private investment in business and industry. Redevelopment programs clear slums and renew or rehabilitate old housing and other structures in blighted and depressed sections of the community, provide for commercial development, offer tax incentives and take other steps to revitalize urban and rural areas.
Programs that accept new or secondhand tools and equipment that are necessary for farming, gardening, home maintenance, employment or other purposes, refurbish them if necessary, and keep them for use in their own programs, or donate them to other community-based organizations for their own use or for distribution to the people they serve.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.