Thanks to a Capacity Building grant from Habitat for Humanity International, we can expand our Neighborhood Revitalization Program to include a new Aging in Place program. Described as “Home Support for Seniors,” the home repair program is targeted at mobility, accessibility and energy-efficiency improvements that enable senior residents to continue to live in their own homes longer and to be able to maintain their independence. Eligibility is based on age, income guidelines, home ownership and being current with tax and mortgage payments.
Morris Habitat provides the volunteer labor to undertake such repairs as correcting code violations and simple water leaks, adding grab bars and handrails, and making roof repairs. Basic landscaping projects, such as yard cleanup and sidewalk repairs, also can be performed. While the labor is free, the home owner pays for purchased materials unless they have been donated. State-licensed electricians and plumbers often participate at cost to help keep the homeowner’s expenses to a minimum.