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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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Chanute

Environmental Mobilization

Shawnda Dixon

1 West Ash
Chanute, KS 66720

316-431-2980

1993

Elderly

100%

100

28

Grab bars, showers, ramps, and railings.

13 page survey by the state Department of Aging.

Case managers.

State and federal money.

800-794-2440

Payment for materials is voluntary.


Hiawatha

Weatherization and Housing Assistance

Jack Shaefer

Program Director

1260 220th Street; PO Box 380
Hiawatha, KS 66434

785-742-2222

785-742-2164

wzn@nekcap.org

1975

Low-income with priority given to elderly and disabled.

25%

320

Energy efficiency retrofit, roof, and furnace.

National energy audit.

Weatherization($310,000); Housing($25,000).

Client education regarding energy conservation and home health safety.

80%

20%


Manhattan

Flint Hills Housing Program

Darryl Martin or Shirley Spittles

437 Houston Street
Manhattan, KS 66503

785-763-3903

Eligible low-income persons.

Majority

9

Application required; evaluative.

Third party contractors.

* Housing preservation grants
* Miscellaneous funding

 

 

Home Mods Consultant

Betty Jo White

2024 Grandview Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502

785-776-9061

785-532-3796
bjwhite@ksu.edu
2001
Older adults 'aging in place', plus persons with disabilities.
1
Over 25 years of experience in the provision and modification of affordable homes for persons with special needs; specialize in lifespan design and practical, budget wise solutions.
yes

 

 

SKIL Independent Living Center

Janey Johnson

1801 Parsons Plaza

Parsons, KS 67357

800-688-5616

620-421-3705
gspillman@skilresourcectr.or

1992

Disabled

200-300 people

Ramps, grab bars, and door widening.

Private

IL Counselors

Medicaid waivers

Referral, counseling, advocacy, and home modifications.

None

$7500 per person

 


Topeka

Kansas Accessibility Modification Program

Kim M. Young

Economic Development Representative

Housing Development, 1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66612-1354

(785) 296-4814

(785)296-8985

kyoung@kansascommerce.com

http://www.rcilinc.org/forms/Homemods.pdf

Persons with disabilities who needs modifications in their primary residence.

Grants

For FY2001 was $300,000. Cycle begins on July 1st of each year, on a first com, first serve basis.

* Provide accessibility modifications to residences.
* Gather information for future planning about the need for such modifications.

 


Wichita

The Best Home Guys

Phil Davis

1632 S West St, #1

Wichita, KS 67213

316-681-2639

316-712-6060

www.TheBestHomeGuys.com

CEGuru@theBHGs.com

Over 55 and people needing home modifications to stay in their home

1997

10

Bathroom modification, tub cut, walk-in tubs, grab bar, porch hand rails, widening doorways, home maintenance

Owner, Phil, is holds the Certified Aging in Place Specialist certificate from the National Association of Home Builders and Remodelers; BBB A+ Rating, Licensed Contractor #6344, Fully insured, work guaranteed for 1 year

Home Repair Program

Linda Howard

Home Repair Manager

2145 N. Topeka
Wichita, KS 67214

316-942-4848

316-942-0190

Mennonite Housing/Rehabilitation Services Inc.

1998

Low-income homeowners that are elderly or disabled.

50%

400 homes

7

Ramps, grab bars, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, etc.

Health and safety.

Field staff supervisor and home repair manager.

* Grants from Federal Home Loan Bank
* Department of Aging
* City of Witchita
* Cout

Varies

Varies

Free, but with a 5-year retainer.

Minor Home Repair

Greta Douglas

Coordinator

510 N. Main Suite 501

Wichita, KS 67203

316-383-7142

316-383-7757

www.cpaaa.org

Central Plains Area Agency on Aging

60+ homeowners in the tricounty area-Sedgewick, Harvey, and Butler.

100%

Varies

1

Ramps, doors, grab bars, interior inclines, and roofs.

Functional and environmental.

Coordinator

Mill levy tax for aging services; Old Americans Act from Kansas Department of Aging.

Varies

Varies

Free but donations are asked for.

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