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Home Repair Accelerator Grants Program

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:

Habitat for Humanity International
“50+ Repair Program”

Grant Amount: $250,000

Through a grant from AARP Foundation, Habitat for Humanity is developing the 50+ Repair Program to enable low-income 50+ homeowners to make the critical repairs and home modifications necessary to age in place.

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Rebuilding Together
“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.

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