Home Essentials Program (HELP)

Community Forklift provides building materials and other home essentials free-of-cost to households with limited resources. Since 2011, Community Forklift has provided over $470,000 of materials to neighbors in need to improve their homes.

If you or someone you know needs repair supplies, household fixtures, or other building materials that will provide a safer, better living environment, please follow the steps below.


Download our HELP program info letter (PDF) for more information about how the program works. The info letter details how you can qualify, the types of verification we need, and what to expect during the process.


Fill out the HELP program application here. This is the only way to apply for our program. Make sure to fill out all the required fields and click Submit at the bottom. The form will show you a message to confirm you successfully sent it to us.


Come in for your scheduled appointment time with our Community Giving Manager. We’ll give you an overview of how the program works and you’ll be scheduled for an appointment. During this time, we’ll go over all of our policies and procedures.  Then, we’ll either award you specific materials, or get you set up with a grant to come back to the warehouse at your convenience.


Arrange transportation for your materials and take them home, free of cost!

“Thank you and your team for going above and beyond to deliver everything. Words cannot express how grateful I am for all of your help. Thank you so much!”

Home Essentials program customer

A family of five on a limited income in Prince George’s County was living in a home with a water-damaged floor and a non-functioning refrigerator. Through our Home Essentials Program, Community Forklift provided them with a free gently used refrigerator and boxes of new vinyl flooring.