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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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Adrian

Lenawee County Small Cities Block Grant

Lisa Castillo

Administrative Specialist

100 East Church
Adrian, MI 49221

517-263-2161

517-265-8133

hwse@lni.net

1975

Low-income

50%

100+

3

Roofs

$1 million

Michigan State Housing Authority

Serving Lenawee County only.


Bay City

HOME REPAIR PROGRAM (Bay County)

Bay County Division on Aging
515 Center Ave., Suite 202

Bay City MI 48708

Rebecca Carlson Reiman

(989) 895-4100

Bay County Division on Aging

1984

Older homeowners on limited incomes

8

100%

1

Minor repairs--safety locks, storm & screen windows, handrails

Environmental

$7,000

State Office of Services for the aging Unmet Needs Grant
Title III - Older Americans Act

* Coordinates with State Unit on Aging/Area Agency on Aging.
* Coordinates with city's rehabilitation program for larger jobs.
* Develops shared financing arrangements with the Department of Social Services and the client.

 


Caro

SENIOR HOME REPAIR PROGRAM

Mary Ann Vandemark, Executive Director

429 Montague Avenue, Caro, MI 48723

(517) 673-4121

Human Development Commission

1983

Frail and disabled older homeowners

70

100%

3 part-time

Weatherization program

Social worker

$16,333

Title III _ Older Americans Act
Local resources
* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

 


Clinton Township

SENIOR HOME SOLUTIONS OF MICHIGAN

Seniorhomesolutions@gmail.com, as of 1/29/14

20562 Hall Rd
Clinton Township, MI 48038

586-980-0049

586-226-4290

www.facebook.com/seniorhomesolutions

2012

Frail and disabled older homeowners

200

2

Barrier free showers, grab bars

Specializing in home modifications for the elderly and mobility impaired


East Landing

Home Management Company LLC

1780 Old Mill Rd.
East Landing, MC 48823

Sam Tucker, as of 4/17/14

517-337-0005

Sam@HMCoOnline.com

www.HMCoOnline.com

2008

Aging and handicapped

100+

6

All inclusive

Environmental

Licensed, Bonded, Insured, CAPS Certified, Home Modification Design Service


Ferndale

COMMUNITY SERVICES OF OAKLAND

345 East Nine Mile, Ferndale, MI 4822

John A, Erich

(248) 542-5860

1983

Older persons

1000

99%

11 full-time, 25 part-time

Lawn mowing, cleaning, debris clean up, miscellaneous minor repair

$100,000

Title III - Older Americans Act
Community Development Block Grant
Client donations
Municipal general funds

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

F.LAX CONSTRUCTION

651 Livernois, Ferndale, MI 4822

Allen Jawad

(248) 547-1914

(248) 547-1842

info@flaxco.com

www.flaxco.com/

1946

Older persons and Metro Detroit

Home Modifications for older adults

With our Barrier Free division, we enable physically challenged individuals to have full functionality in their homes. We have architects and occupational therapists on staff to tailor your home or rental property exactly to the clientís specific needs and meet the stringent regulatory requirements.

We provide adaptable designs that can be modified later to suit a clientís changing needs Our remodeling and additions services include barrier free kitchens, bathrooms, walk in tubs and much more.

Our staff of architectural designers, estimators and project managers know how important it is to work together to design and construct your project in the most efficient and timely manner possible.


Grand Rapids

HOME REPAIR SERVICES OF KENT COUNTY,
INCORPO
RATED

1200 Jefferson, S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

David Jacobs

(616) 241-2601

1978

Homeowners

12 full-time

Ramps, plumbing, floor, electrical, roof

$500,000

Community Development Block Grant
County Department of Social Services
Center for Independent Living


Hamtramck

CITY OF HAMTRAMCK HOME REPAIR PROGRAM

3401 Evaline, Hamtramck, MI 4821

(313) 876-7740, (313) 873-787

1978

Older homeowners

95

100%

2 full-time

Replace front porches, replace gutters, plumbing, replace rotted windows, locks

$44,129

Title III - Older Americans Act
Local city match
Client donations

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Agin


Holland

Amramp of Michigan

Larry Erlandson, as of 8/23/12

110 W 39th St
Holland, MI 49423

616-494-0393

616-494-0393

larry.erlandson@amramp.com

http://www.amramp.com/Michigan

2006

People with mobility needs

Modular steel wheelchair ramps offering sturdy, customizable ramps for disability access


Ithaca

MINOR HOME REPAIR/HOME CHORE SERVICES

515 S. Pine River St. Ithaca, MI 48847

Craig Zeese

(517) 875 5246 Ext. 5288

(517)875 5281

gccoa@mach7.com

Gratiot County Commission on Aging

1979

60+ and county resident

215

100%

1 part-time

New roofs

Environmental

Case manager, Social worker

Has future plans to develop training program

$1,000,000

Michigan State Housing Authority (grant $)

* Assists clients in applying for grant monies from the Department of Social Services, Farmer's Home Administration, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help with material and labor costs
* Meets the demand for services through ongoing special products


Kalamazoo

HOME REPAIR PROGRAM (Douglass Community Association)

Michael Williams, Executive Directo

Douglass Community Association
1000 West Patterson Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Don Jackson

(616) 895-4100

Douglass Community Association

1965

Older Homeowners

55

90%

2 full-time, 22 part-time

Painting, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, weatherization

Environmental

Handyman, Social worker

Yes

$75,500

Title III - Older Americans Act
Community Development Block Grant
Neighborhood Builder's Alliance

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging


Lancing

CRISTO REY SPANISH-SPEAKING SENIOR CITIZENS PROGRAM

Elaine Kibbey, Home Repair

1717 North High Street, Lancing, MI 48906

(517) 372-4700

seniors@cristo-rey.com
www.cristo-rey.com

Cristo Rey Community Center

1980

Older homeowners

12

100%

1 full-time

Roofs, plumbing, heating and cooling, doors and windows, paintin

$8,000

Title III - Older Americans Act
State Office of Services to the Aging

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


Macomb Twp.


American Disability Installations, LLC

Mike Ullrich

Director

mike@adisource.com

46536 Erb Drive
Macomb Twp, MI 48042

888-973-7772

866-986-9955

2007

The elderly and disabled

150

1000

5

No

No

We offer free services to help those in need find CAPS certified contractors for home modifications, funding for home modifications, products and equipment.


Marquette

Alger Marquette Community Action Board

Joe Priante

Director

112 West Washington St.
Marquette, MI 49855

906-228-6522

906-228-6527

1970

Low-income folks of all ages.

40%

260

5

Weatherization

For both staff and clients.

$420,000

* HUD
* MISDA
* Housing Authority.

Goals are to Help disadvantaged people achieve self-sufficiency.

Advertise through distributed annual reports, public service announcements, and press releases.

They make referrals to local health and social services departments.

 


Midland

HOME REPAIR SERVICES (Midland Area)

Susan Asher, Executive Director

Midland Area Homes, Incorporated
P.O.Box 2163, Midland, MI 48640-216

(517) 469-9550

Midland Area Homes, Incorporated

1969

Seniors and Disabled Persons

100

63%

1 full-time, 6 part-tim

Roofs, plumbing, doors and windows, ramps, electrical

Functional/environmental

Social worker

Yes

$48,000

Title III - Older Americans Act
Millage funds
Local churches
County Department of Social Services
Client payments

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

Offers a variety of loan/grant sources for clients


Monroe

HOME CHORE (Monroe County)

Monroe County Opportunity Program
942 East First Street, Monroe, MI 48161

1140 S. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, MI 48161

Sandra M. Pierce

(313) 241-2775

Monroe County Opportunity Program, Incorporated

1982

Older homeowners

350

4 full-time, 4 part-time

Yardwork, window washing, painting, carpet cleaning

Functional/environmental

Social worker

$80, 000

Title III - Older Americans Act
Client payments
Local millage funds

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging:

* Michigan State Housing Development Authority provides substantial loans to meet health and safety standards


North Saint Paul

Department of Human Services

Janel Bush

Housing Policy Coordinator

444 LaFayette Rd.
North Sainty Paul, MI 55115

651-282-5205

janel.bush@state.mn.us

 


Stanton

Home Repair Program
(Montcalm County Commission on Aging)

Diane

617 North State Road, P.O. Box 212 Stanton,
MI 48888

(517)831 7476

Montcalm County Commission on Aging

1980

Older/ low income

225

100%

1

wheel chair ramps/ painting/ roof repair/ minor plumbing/ hand rails/ window wash

Functional, environmental

Case manager, Handyman, Social worker

$25,000

Mileage Dollars

* Uses Michigan Summer Youth Corps program and the local Department of Social Services Community Work Incentive Program
* Applies for/receives grants from the office of Service to the Aging and other state/private organizations

 


Sterling Heights

Caring Solutions LLC

David Glancy

Partner

31500 13 Mile Rd., Ste. 115
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

248-865-9702

248-865-9718

caringsolutions@globaldsl.net

1997

Disabled and elderly.

30-40%

1,000-1,500

14

Ramps, lifts, bathroom, remodeling, and grab bars.

Environmental

Client and insurer

Federal, state, and county payments.

Financing offered in services to community insurers, hospitals on product use, and application.

Fee for service

Referral to funding services and home modifications.

 


Three Rivers

St. Joseph Commission on Aging

Dolores Wiley

103 S. Douglas Ave.
Three Rivers, MI 49093

616-279-8083

Low income elderly

100%

20-30

Weather stripping, grab bars, steps,ramps, and faucets.

Home assessment guidelines.

Title IIIB OAA

$5,000

 


White Cloud

SENIOR CITIZEN/HANDICAPPED HOME REPAIR

Newaygo County Commission on Aging
93 South Gibbs, P. O. Box 885, White Cloud, MI 4934

Robert Sullivan

(619) 689-7210

Newaygo County Commission on Aging

1980

75+ frail older person

100

100%

3 part-time

Home repair materials, miscellaneous minor and major repair

Functional/environmental

Case manager

Yes

$128,500

Community Development Block Grant
County Senior Citizan Millage

* Collaborates with the Michigan Youth Corp, Summer Youth Employment Program and the Newaygo County Area Vocational Center to provide a roof repair program for older persons
* Offers Community Development Block Grant rehabilitation grants and loans to client

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