Upkeep & Repair Program
With the help of a volunteer from Ignatian Volunteer Corps, our three home repair specialists perform repairs to ensure that seniors enjoy healthy and safe living conditions in their own homes. During fiscal year 2014, they completed 773 repairs in 256 households. Sixty-one percent of those repairs were emergencies, including furnaces, water heaters, electrical and plumbing issues. Installation of bathroom grab bars, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors also help keep the elderly 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.
In 2016, 53% of 2016 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).