Upkeep & Repair Program

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For more than two decades, H.O.M.E. has filled a much needed service gap for very low-income older homeowners living in Chicago's south and west side neighborhoods.

H.O.M.E.'s three full-time Home Repair Specialists perform interior electrical, plumbing and carpentry repairs to ensure that over 120 seniors served annually enjoy healthy and safe living conditions in their own homes.

Installation of bathroom grab bars, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors also help keep older adults safe in their homes. 

Homeowners are only asked to cover a $25 service fee and supplies. In exchange, H.O.M.E. covers the entire cost of labor and tools.

And H.O.M.E.’s staff provide a sympathetic ear, patience, and respect for each person. This is the “secret sauce” of H.O.M.E.’s success.

  • 84% of senior homeowners served by H.O.M.E. report that their home is a healthier and safer place.
  • 47% of senior homeowners served by H.O.M.E. said they would have gone without the needed repairs if H.O.M.E.’s services had not been available. 

NEW! In 2021, for select seniors who qualify for our Upkeep and Repair Program, H.O.M.E. will be offering, at no additional charge, Upkeep Plus. This is an extended service to provide targeted home modifications to minimize such risks as falling so that our clients can more safely age at home by minimizing such risks as falling.

Upkeep Plus applies many home safety and fall prevention interventions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute on Aging, the National Council on Aging and AARP.

To measure the impact of our Upkeep Plus program H.O.M.E. will be collaborating with the Center for Applied Health Research on Aging (CAHRA) at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. A grant from the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) will fund a study to evaluate the role of housing support services on the overall health of older adults in Chicago.

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H.O.M.E also provides free home repairs to seniors as a delegate agency in the Chicago Department of Planning and Development’s Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors program (SARFS).

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