While there are many people who would benefit from home modifications, finding the money to pay for them can be difficult. Unless one has private funds, is entitled to VA benefits, has a long term care policy that pays for accessibility modifications, or can draw equity out of their home, there is little else that pays for adapting a home for safety and accessibility. Local governments used to be a source of funding for these projects through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG funds) but today most of that money has dried up.
The challenge then is finding resources to help families that need these type of modifications but cannot afford to pay for this work themselves.
Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization providing critical home repairs, modifications and improvements for America’s low-income homeowners. Their “Safe at Home” program addresses home repair and maintenance issues that may otherwise present a safety risk or that limit access to or within the home.
Safe at Home covers a variety of strategies, including:
Safe at Home modifications cover fall prevention, fire safety and general safety issues.
Rebuilding Together and their affiliates can’t do it all on their own so collaborating with national and local organizations is a critical factor in a holistic approach to service delivery. Community partners include but are not limited to:
Look for your local chapter of Rebuilding Together and find out more on their website: http://rebuildingtogether.org/whatwedo/how-we-help/safehomes