In January 2013, four non-profit organizations were awarded a total of $780,000 from AARP Foundation to pilot new operational models of home repair assistance.
The year-long grants helped each non-profit organization provide home repair services to low-income 50+ households. Here is a list of the grantees, along with summaries of their programs:
“Safe at Home Cost Recovery Program”
Grant Amount: $250,000
Building on the success of Rebuilding Together’s Safe at Home program that provides home modifications and aging-in-place services to low-income homeowners, this grant engaged a pilot group of affiliates in the creation of a “program in a box” for a cost-recovery program that would extend services to moderate-income homeowners across the US.
As a national expert in serving low-income homeowners, Rebuilding Together leverages national and local partners to create a cost-effective national program that provides home modifications and education for low- to moderate-income homeowners. While continuing to provide no-cost home modifications to low-income homeowners, homeowners above 60% AMI who would not typically qualify for Rebuilding Together services were able to receive services based on a sliding payment scale. Program income supported services to additional low-income homeowners, enabling Rebuilding Together to serve additional homeowners.
Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc., Boston, MA
“Greater Boston Senior Home Repair Collaborative”
Grant Amount: $200,000
The Greater Boston Senior Home Repair Collaborative enabled more disadvantaged, older Boston-area residents to live securely at home, with dignity and independence. The Collaborative is a partnership among four firmly established, well-respected Boston-based non-profit organizations: Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), Kit Clark Senior Services, the Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC), and United South End Settlements (USES).
The Collaborative's services include: repairing and replacing broken toilets and faucets; unclogging drains; installing grab bars and handrails; repairing exterior and interior stairs, etc. AARP Foundation funding enabled The Greater Boston Senior Home Repair Collaborative to extend services to include those aged 50-61 and to expand to serve residents of additional Greater Boston metro communities.
Greater Lansing Housing Coalition, Lansing, MI – “Tuesday Toolmen”
Award Amount: $80,000
Tuesday Toolmen provides free home repairs and modifications to help low-income seniors and persons with disabilities remain safely in their homes.