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Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. It includes:

  • low-cost and simple changes to the home (removing hazards such as clutter, throw rugs; moving furnishings; and changing where activities occur (e.g., sleeping on the first instead of second floor);
  • adding special features or assistive devices such as grab bars;
  • extensive renovations (e.g., installing a roll-in shower and ramps); and
  • repairs such as improved wiring to eliminate the need for dangerous extension cords or fixing loose stair treads to improve safety.
Where to Get Help:

Depending on the extent of the modifications, there are several ways to modify and repair your home. You can: 1) do it yourself, or get a friend or relative to help; 2) hire a building professional (handyworker, remodeler, or contractor) and/or health care professional such as an occupational therapist to advise you on changes; or 3) contact a home modification and repair program or business that can advise you on funding, assessing your home, and product advisement.

In addition to the resources listed in our Directory below, services may be located through your:


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Also, consider taking these steps:
  • Get recommendations from friends who have had similar projects completed.
  • Hire a licensed and bonded professional.
  • Be specific about changes you wish to make in advance.
  • Ask for a written agreement with only a small down payment. Make the final payment only after the project is completed.
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau regarding the professional's reliability and performance record.

Resource Listings:

Resources listed on www.homemods.org are provided solely as a convenience for users of the site. They do not indicate endorsement of any services, and www.homemods.org shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information.

The web site www.homemods.org, a university-based and non-profit effort, provides an opportunity for home modification service and product providers to place a web site link and information for consumers and professionals. A reciprocal link to www.homemods.org is requested but not required.

Please click on "Fill out the program survey" below to request inclusion in the National Directory of Home Modification Resources.


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Athens

ACTION, INC.

Mark Heeb

Housing Preservation
594 O'Conee Street, P.O. Box 1072
Athens, GA 30603

(706) 546-8293

Athens Community Council on Aging, Inc.

1989

Older and disabled persons

20

80%

1 part-time

Ramps, miscellaneous minor repairs, plastic window insulation

Functional/Environmental

Case Manager, Social Worker

$1,300

Title III - Older Americans Act
Donations

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging:


Atlanta

Home Chore-Northside Sheperd's Center

JoAnn Peacoat

Project director

425 10th St., NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

404-875-0509

celcaz@aol.com

60+

100%

3

Painting and yardwork.

Functional and environmental.

Case managers

$112,000

* Government grants
* Churches
* Individual donations.

 

Home Safety Solutions, LLC

Todd Zeldin

Lee Pearlman

181 14th Street, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30309

404-601-3100

404-653-0406

1pearlman@homesafetysolutions.com

http://www.preparefirst.com/

children under 5 and adults over 60

5

est. 5000

We provide the products and education necessary to reduce the risk of preventable, unintentional injuries in the home.

Functional and environmental.

Private

 


Augusta

Operation Independence

Tiffany Johnston, ED

948 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30901

706-724-6262

706-724-6729

www.waltonoptions.org

Walton Options for Independent Living

1997

Low-income elderly.

60%

200

2

Ramps, doors, handrails, and grab bars.

Functional

Peer support.

$40,000

* Foundation
* OAA III B

Loans

100%

0%

$20 co-pay and sliding scale.

 


Columbus

ACCESS

Ed Hartley

3723 Arrel Drive
Columbus, GA 31909-3715

706-322-0003

rehabcontractor@msn.com

wheel chair confined

12 to 15 

$750,000 annual

DRS - Vo. Rehab. GA, SC, TN & AL Workers Comp. Numerous private insurance companies Lawyers - for expert testimony Private individuals

Yes

ACCESS provides quality housing services thoughout the eastern seaboard and provides expert testimony thoughtout the United States and the United Kingdom

No



Conyers

HOME REPAIR PROGRAM

Olivia Haydel

Rockdale County Aging Program
1214 Summers Circle NW, Conyers, GA 30207

(404) 922-4633

Rockdale County Aging Program

1987

Older homeowners

24

100%

1 part-time

Weatherization, miscellaneous minor repairs, roofs, ramps

Functional/Environmental

Volunteer, Case manager, Social Worker

Yes

Funding Source(s): Dekab Economic Opportunity Authorization 

* Coordinates with State Unit on Aging/Area Agency on Aging

 

 


Decatur

CENTER FOR UNIVRSAL SESIGN

Jon Sanford

924 S. Candlee Street, Decatur GA 30030

404-321-6111    x6788

404-378-2859

jasanf@aol.com

* Funding assistance or grant availability  for room addition for the disabled.


Gainesville

INDEPENDENT LIVING

Sharon McCurry, Coordinator

Georgia Division of Rehabilitation

Hall County
311 Green St., Suite 209
Gainesville, GA 30501

(770) 535-5930

Georgia Division of Rehabilitation

1985

500

50%

1 full-time, 1 part-time

Functional/Environmental

Case managers

Yes

Local donations
* Coordinates with State Unit on Aging

* Uses volunteers and family members to perform services

 


Lawrenceville

Totally Accessible Homes

Monti Marsters, as of 4/28/14

223 Villa Ridge Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

770-870-4867

mm@totallyaccessiblehomes.com

www.totallyaccessiblehomes.com

50

2

Environmental

Monti or Patricia Marsters

Specialize in Accessibility and aging in place

 


Macon

Disability Connections Home Modifications Program

Tina Hopper

170 College Street
Macon, GA 31201

478-741-1425

478-743-8359

disabilityconnec@aol.com

The Middle Georgia Center for Independent Living Inc.

1997

All ages with disabilities.

60-90%

56

3

Doors, ramps, grab bars, etc.

Consumer input.

Director

* CDBG
* Title 7
* Part B of the Rohalo Act
* Municipal and state funds

Coordinates and solicits community volunteer construction labor and donations for materials on large jobs.

Offers one on one peer support to each consumer who wants home modification.

Consumers pay difference of over budget spending.

 


Marietta

ACCESS RENOVATIONS

Profesional Home Renovation
1349 old us 41, suite 160, Marietta,
Georgia 30060

Michael Dresdner

(770) 422-9674

Private

1995

Metro Atlanta and North Georgia

2

VA, VR. Workers Copensation, private

*Excellent Craftsmenship and design


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

Barbara Martin

Attn. Housing Rehabilitation
120 Marrietta Station Walk, Suite 270
Marietta, GA 30060

(770) 528-4600

Cobb County Community Development Agency

1983

Older, low/moderate income homeowners

100

70%

2 full-time, 1 part-time

Roofs, heating and cooling, sewer/septic systems

Environmental

$470,000

Community Development Block Grant
Community Services Block Grant
Weatherization Program

* Coordinates federal and state funds for clients to maximize the type of financial assistance available to them.


Savannah

HOME WEATHERIZATION/HOME REPAIR

Terry Tolbert, Deputy Director for Housing and Economic Development

618 West Anderson Street
Savannah, GA 31401

(912) 238-2960

Economic Opportunity of Savannah-Catham County Area, Inc.

1975

Older disabled or low-income renters and homeowners

170 

Weatherization, roofs, ramps

50%

6 full-time

Yes

$90,000 

U.S. Department of Energy
Weatherization Assistance Program
Service Fees

* Provides home repair and remodeling at a lower competitive cost by procuring materials from manufacturers and wholesalers in large quantities

* Provides a service which reviews contracting costs of competiters to help reduce costs for clients


Living Independent for Everyone

Executive Director

17-19 E. Travis St.
Savannah, GA 31406

912-920-2314

912-920-0007

1991

Disabled

60%

200+

1

Ramps

Functional / environmental

N/A

Train consumers and employees

$58,000

City of Savanna and the Council of Georgia.

Goal is to help people with disabilities to remain living independently.


NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES

Mark Reavis, Executive Director

1316 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401

(912) 238-0647

(912) 234-8520

Low to moderate income

75

10% - 15%

6 full-time, 1 part-time

Roof repair, ramps, outside carpentry work, general home repairs

Functional/environmental

Construction specialist 

Yes

$900,000 

Community Developmemt Block Grant
HOME funds
HOPE III from HUD
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
Interim financing from local lenders

* Offers pre- and post-purchase counseling to new homeowners

 


Warner Robins

WEATHERIZATION AND RURAL HOUSING PRESERVATION

Dorothy

P.O. Box 2286 Warner Robins, GA 31099

(912)328 0333

(912)329 0959

Middle Georgia Community Section Agency
Heart of Georgia CAC

1984

Elderly and disabled

75%

15

Storm windows and doors/ insulation

Workshops/ information brochures

$300,000

Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority

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