The Mission of Interfaith Home Maintenance is to enhance the quality of life of homeowners who are low-income, especially elderly and physically challenged persons, and to improve neighborhoods in the greater Youngstown area by performing essential home repairs.
These repairs are funded through solicitation of public and private resources and through collaboration with other agencies and organizations serving the needs of low-income persons.
Interfaith began as an ecumenical volunteer agency in the spring of 1974. Former Youngstown Mayor Jack Hunter, made a plea to the community to plan and implement a concerted housing maintenance program for families who were unable to effect necessary home repairs. Interfaith’s purpose is to assist homeowners who have neither the physical nor the financial resources to maintain decent, safe, and sanitary living conditions.
In July of 1977, Interfaith was able to hire full time, paid employees with funding from the District XI Area Agency on Aging and the Cooperative Employment and Training Act. Exemption as a non-profit, charitable organization was granted in 1978. In 1979, Interfaith began an additional association with the City of Youngstown’s Community Development Agency and in 1986 Interfaith joined the United Way family of agencies. The remainder of our funds are obtained through private sector, ecumenical, and client donations. Interfaith operates with a staff of between ten and fourteen persons, including crew supervisors and crew workers, an intake worker, office manager and executive director. In addition to providing employment directly, our materials are purchased locally to provide further support of the Youngstown economy. Monies received from these various funding sources have enabled us to complete over 19,000 home repairs since July of 1977; these repairs include, but are not limited to, the areas of plumbing, carpentry, painting, plastering, and furnace repair.
Interfaith Home Maintenance Service, Inc.
1005 W. Rayen Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502-1316
Business Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
*Applications for services are taken only by phone. If you are wanting to place an application for home repairs, please call us during regular business hours.
2017-2018 Board of Directors
- Mary Beth Houser, Esq., President
Huntington National Bank
- Deborah Grinstein, Esq., Vice President
- Patrick Brown, Secretary/ Treasurer
City of Youngstown
- Edward J. Brandt
- Raymond J. Calcagni, Jr.
Home Federal Savings & Loan Association of Niles
- Terrence F. Cloonan, Esq.
- Monica Craven
- Leo Daprile, Sr.
Gem-Young Insurance and Financial Service, Inc.
- Linda Day
- Priscilla Hays
St. John’s Episcopal Church
- Barbara Orton
- Ron Raubenstraw
Clear Channel Youngstown
- Bruce Sherman
Sherman Creative Promotions
- Penny Wells
Sojourn to the Past
Interfaith has assisted over 550 homeowners each year. We serve low-income homeowners in Mahoning County, but in fact over the past five years 88% of the homes we work in are in the City of Youngstown. In 2016 IHMS completed 631 jobs for qualified low-income homeowners. For these clients, IHMS provided 1,026 units of service (a unit of service is one complete task such as a step of steps, digging a footer or installing decking—a porch replacement may involve 5 units of service, a waterline—two units of service). These jobs included plumbing repairs, furnace repairs, drywall and plastering, lawn mowing and snow removal, hot water tank replacement, main water line replacement and more. Already for 2017, we are on track to match or surpass 2016 job numbers. The need for our services is great, with over 300 applications from homeowners needing our help. Click on the link below to view our 2016 Annual Service Report.