House in a Box® Program

The House in a Box Program® is one of the most well-known programs of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The program helped the Disaster Services Corporation win the NVOAD NGO of the Year Award in 2012. House in a Box® provides new furniture and furnishings to families that have lost everything because of disasters. Families are reviewed and referred to the program through a Disaster Case Management process that ensures that there is no duplication of benefits. DSC buys furniture and furnishings in volume through pre-screened vendors, so that it can provide a starter household furniture kit at a greatly reduced price. All logistics for the House in a Box ® Program are handled by the Disaster Services Corporation.SVDP Councils and other agencies, inquiring about the House in a Box® Program can email James H. Butler at

The goal of the program is to provide new household items for families who have lost everything as a result of natural disasters and who are forced into situational poverty.  The “House in a Box®” gives dignity to families in crisis as it gives them a new start and fresh start. All families receive the same new items which are packaged for efficiency of delivery. The program is scalable to the size of the family and starts at $2,500 for a family of four.

One package includes: beds, linens, dishes, pots and pans, dressers, silverware, bathroom setup, dinette and a couch.

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