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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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Bloomington

HANDYPERSON PROGRAM

Betsy Whitehead, Administrative Coordinator

Area 10 Agency on Aging

7500 W. Reeves Rd.

Bloomington, IN 47404

(812) 334-3383

Area 10 Agency on Aging (AAA) of Owen and Monroe Counties

1985

Older homeowners

300

100%

Ramps, smoke alarms, carpentry, roofs, plumbing, railing

Client, family or friends, Case manager, Handyman

$31,500

Title III - Older Americans Act
Title V - Older Americans Act
Donations
Fundraising
City funds


Columbus

HOUSING PARTNERSHIPS, INC.

2158 Cottoge Ave., Columbus, IN 47201

Mark Lindenlaub

(812) 376-9458

1990

Lower-income persons/families interested in owning a home or needing home repairs

25

5 full-time

Major/repair/rehabilitation, home purchase and resel

Functional/environmental

Volunteer, In house

Yes

$450,000

*Foundations, Charities

*Local donors and development fees from construction work

*Indiana HSG Finance lending institutions

* Provides educational programs on home budgeting, minor home repairs, and clean up activities for persons of all ages

Builds approximately 15 homes per year.

 


Jeffersonville

Hoosier Uplands Community Development

Bobby Lamm

Program Director

332 E. Court Ave
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

812-284-0685

huedc@aye.net

Low-income

60%

100

9

Shower stalls, grab bars, and ramps.

State through IFHA and federal grants.

Free


Terre Haute

Christmas in April

Judy Robinson

10266 East Spence Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803


Vincennes

Generations

Doug Carroll, Dir. of Info. and Referrals

1014 N. Fort St.
Vincennes, IN 47591

800-742-9002

http://www.generationsnetwork.org/

AAA

Ramps and grab bars.

Home modification, case management, and I&R.

Free

 

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