Upkeep & Repair Program
H.O.M.E.'s three full-time Home Repair Specialists perform repairs to ensure that seniors enjoy healthy and safe living conditions in their own homes.
During a typical year they will complete 750 repairs in 120 low income senior households. Installation of bathroom grab bars, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors also help keep older adults safe in their homes. At least 70% of our surveyed clients report that their home is a healthier and safer place. Seniors pay a $25 service fee and are asked to reimburse H.O.M.E. for materials, but the labor is free. In 2019, 47% of homeowners who responded to our survey said they would have gone without the needed repairs if H.O.M.E.’s services had not been available.
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 and Repair 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 and Repair 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 and Repair 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.
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).