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 fiscal year 2018, they completed 885 repairs in 110 low-income senior households. Installation of bathroom grab bars, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors also help keep older adults safe in their homes. Seniors pay a $25 service fee and are asked to reimburse H.O.M.E. for materials, but the labor is free.
We also benefit from the help of a volunteer from Ignatian Volunteer Corps. In 2016, 53% of home owners 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.
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).