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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.

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Annapolis

Community Development Block Grant/Housing Rehab

Theresa Dowd

Director

160 Duke of Gloucester St.
Annapolis, MD 21403

410-263-7961

410-263-1129

crh@ci.annapolis.md.us

Low-income, elderly and disabled.

80%

12

2

New roofs and bathrooms.

$150,000

HUD

Goals are to maintain current housing stock.

If necessary, they make referrals to Marilyn Housing Rehabilitation Program or Christmas in April.


Baltimore

 

Abilities OT Services and Consulting, Inc.

Shoshana Shamberg, OTR/L, MS, President

Director

3309 W. Strathmore Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215-3718

(410) 358-7269

(410) 358-6454
shoshamberg@yahoo.com
http://www.aotss.com/

1989

All ages and disabilities, training programs for professionals.

2

Regional and National consultation services and on-site training seminars in Accessibility, Functional, Environmental Assessment, and home safety.

Environmental

Yes

No

Third party, Medicaid Waiver, private pay

We sell manuals and other resource materials published or created by Abilities OT Services and members of the Abilities Access Network.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES OF BALTIMORE

Ed Hill, Director of Program Operations

244 North Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231

(410) 327-1200

1974

Homeowners

35

50%

4 full-time

Roofs, plumbing, electrical, doors and windows

Environmental

Yes

$70,000

Community Development Block Grant
Donations

* Established an in-house revolving loan fund

 

RenoSafe Homes LLC

Abe Wiener, as of 10/31/2016

2809 Damascus Ct
Baltimore, MD 21209

(443) 605-2415

renosafehomes@gmail.com

2015

All ages and disabilities

Home modification, Grab bars, ramps, and fall prevention intervention; Occupational Therapist on staff

Yes

Private pay

No

 

Safe At Home Program

Peter Merles

10 S. Wolfe St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21231

410-327-6193
410-327-1807
www.seshi.org
1989
100
1
Installation of grab-bars, raised toilet seats, and fire alarms. Other items include: non-skid rugs and lighting fixtures.
Environmental
55 years and older with incomes of 25k a year or less.
300,000
Foundations
no

Bowie

LL & BB HOME IMPROVEMENT CORP.

Bonita T. Telford
4407 Saddle River Drive
Bowie, MD 20720
301-464-9453
301-464-1367
llbbhome@comcast.net
2000
Environmental
Older adult
No

 

 


Clinton

Christmas in April

Mary Kucharski

Executive Director

7915 Malcom Road
Clinton, MD 20735

301-868-0937

301-868-1053

Christmas in April USA

1989

Disabled seniors and consideration given to those with low-incomes.

80%

100

1

Ramps, painting, and electrical/plumbing.

$100,000

* Private donors
* Civic associations
* Churches


Columbia

Aging In Place - Howard County

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD, 21046
Phyllis Madachy
410 313-6026
410 313-6540
pmadachy@co.ho.md.us
The Horizon Foundation
2000
25000
100
3
Home modification and fall prevention intervention; Occupational Therapist on staff; countywide referral network for services
Environmental
Varies
The Horizon Foundation; Howard County government

 

HOWARD COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY

James F. Fulenwider, Home Repair Specialist

Rte. 6751 Columbia Gateway Dr.

Gateway Bldg. 3rd. Floor

Columbia, MD 21046

(410) 313-6318

1978

Older homeowners

60

100%

1 full-time

Carpentry, locks, weatherization, plumbing, concrete

Client payments
Maryland State Department of housing and community development
Howard County Office on Aging
*Coordinates with an Area Agency on Aging


Cumberland

Home Modification

Joe Bander

19 Frederick St.
Cumberland, MA 21502

301-777-5970

Those below poverty level.

30%

Functional and environmental.

Outside contractors.

$85,000

* CDBG
* Department of Energy funds}
* Columbia Gas of Maryland.


Edgewater

MEYER SONS BUILDERS, INC

Jonathan D. Meyer, CGR
3 Steuart Lane
Edgewater, MD 21037-2720
410-956-4565
410-956-4076
JonathanMeyer@juno.com
8
12
1995
People who want to remain and independent and at home for as long as possible.
1995
Environmental
No
Private pay

Eldersburg

Handman Matters of Columbia

6235 Sykesville Road
Eldersburg, MD 21748
410-549-9696
410-549-9550
brianw@handymanmatters.com
www.handymanmatters.com/columbia
2004
We provide Handyman Services to include grab bar installation, door modifications, ramps, bathroom modifications, lighting, safety and much more


Leonardtown

Essential Home Repair Loan Program

Nancy Hutson

Director

PO Box 653
Leonardtown, MD 20650

301-475-4400

301-475-4402

1983

Low/moderate income

33%

1

Wells and septic tanks.

$450,000

St. Mary's County Housing Authority

If unable to provide a service to clients, they refer them to the Department of Housing; Community Action and Human Development.

Their Funds come from revolving loans and other savings.


Oakland

 

Rehab Loan Program

Dawn Elchorn

104 E. Center St.
Oakland, MD 21550

301-334-9431

Garrett County Community Action Housing Department

Elderly and low-income

Grab bars, roof, etc.

Functional

Assessor

Deferred loans.


Potomac

Access Remodeling

Louis Tenenbaum, Director

P.O. Box 60027

Potomac, MD 20859

301-983-0131

301-983--9698
homemods@aol.com
www.louistenenbaum.com

Garrett County Community Action Housing Department

People who want independence

no

Private pay


Prince Frederick

SENIOR HOME REPAIR

Carolyn Mohler, Social Service Manager

Calvert County Office on Aging (AAA)
450 West Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

(410) 535-4606

Calvert County Office on Aging (AAA)

1990

8

100%

1 full-time

Grab bars, ramps, painting, porch repair, yardwork

Yes

Donations
* Coordinates with State Unit on Agin

* Extensive use of volunteers who donate labor and materials


Westminster

HOUSING PROGRAM

Carroll County Bureau of Housing and Community Development
1st Floor, Suite 101, 10 Distillery Drive
Westminster, MD 21157-5194

(410) 386-3600

410-876-5155

Carroll County Bureau of Housing

1982

Older and/or disabled persons

190

25%

4 full-time, 1 part-time

General home modifications

Environmental

Yes

$290,000

U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program
Maryland State Department of housing and community development

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging:

* Staff takes college courses for rehabilitation training that are reimbursed by the county

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