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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.

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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.

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Albany

RESIDENTIAL EMERGENCY SERVICE TO OFFER

Vera Prosper, Housing Policy Analyst

State Office on Aging
#2 Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 1222

(518) 474-4382

New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal and the Office for the Aging (SUA)

1987

Older, very low-income homeowners

350

100%

Roofs, heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical, carpentry

Environmental

Yes

$750,000

New York State general funds
* Program serves clients statewide
* Program is located in a state agency

* Provides grants through state funds for emergency repairs to low-income homeowners


Bellmore

GENESIS CREATIONS CONTRACTING, LTD

Anthony McCabe

2604 S St Marks Ave
Bellmore, NY 11710

(516) 783-5454

ibuyreal@aol.com

Our specialties include custom ramps, truly barrier free accessible bathrooms, door widening, grab bars, and any other form of residential adaptation needed.


 


Bronx

CITIZEN ADVICE BUREAU

1130 Grand Concourse 3rd Floor
Bronx, NY 1045

Dorothy Peters

(718) 293-0202

Citizens Advice Bureau

Older homeowners or tenants

800

100%

5 full-time

Miscellaneous minor repairs

Environmental

Case manager
Handyman

Yes

$127,000

Title III - Older Americans Act
Client donations
* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Conducts a crime prevention workshops with New York City Police Department and eviction prevention workshops at senior centers, churches, colleges, hospitals and banks
* Provides training workshops to agencies on housing rights and resources


 


Brooklyn

Adapting Spaces, LLC

PO Box 205023
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Miller Calberto, as of 4/29/12

1-888-956-0077

mcalbertotr@adaptingspaces.com

www.adaptingspaces.com

Seniors and people with disabilities

2

Accessibility modifications

Yes

Veteran affairs, long-term health insurance, community block grants, workers comp, out-of pocket

Miller Calberto and Esther Gonzalez

Private Home Accessibility Consultations

1369 E. 9th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Dvora Margolis, OTR/L, CAPS, as of 10/12/2016

(646) 854-6638

dvoraotr@gmail.com

Any adult or child with a disability or accessibility issue

Yes

Private pay

Dvora Margolis

I will help you plan waht needs to be done to the home to make it accessible. I also have connections with reputable contractors who can do the work if the client would like a referral.

No


 

Canandaigua

EMERGENCY HOME REHABILITATION AND REPAIR

Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Incorporated
92 Salton Stall Street P.O. Box 412 Canandaigua, NY 1442

Allynn Smith, Executive Director

(716) 396-1880

Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, Incorporated

1968

Low-income families and individuals

40%

Roofs, sewer/septic systems, plumbing, electrical, other minor modifications

Functional/environmental

Client

Yes

$1,088,800

Farmers Home Administration
Fundraising
Affordable Housing Corporation

* Offers a variety of loans and grants

 


Chester

Infinite Accessibility, LLC

Michael Gawronski, MS, OTR/L
4 Pewter Circle
Chester, NY 10918
845-469-2091
845-469-3626
All ages and abilities

Entrances, Ramps, Bathrooms, Kitchens, & Grab-bars.
Family owned & operated; Team Approach with Occupational & Physical Therapists and Construction, Remodeling, & Design Specialists.
10/03/01
2
Private; Third-party Reimbursement

 

 


 

Clayton

RURAL HOMEOWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (RHAP)

Beth McGraw, Program Coordinator

P.O. Box 99, 330B James Street
Clayton, NY 1362

(315) 686-3212

Clayton Improvement Association, LTD

Low to moderate income - no age/disability requirements

3 full-time

Major home improvements

Environmental

Yes

$72,859

State Rural Homeownership Assistance Program
Affordable Housing Grants Program

* Offers many loan/grant sources for home improvements
* Conducts seminars on affordable housing and banking to potential clients
* Combines funding sources for clients


Cobleskill

SCHOHARIE COUNTY COMMUNITY
ACTION-WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM

150 East Main Street Cobleskill, NY 1204

Peter Hamchuk, Weatherization Director

(518) 234-2568

New York State Department of State Weatherization

1976

Elderly and public assistance recipients

150 households

60%

6 full-time

Storm windows, furnace replacement/repair, attic/wall insulation, infiltration work

Yes

$225,000

Donations
Petroleum Violation Escrow Funds
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging:


Elizabethtown

HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Box 157
Elizabethtown, NY 1293

Alan S. Hipps, Executive Director

(518) 873-6888

Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Incorporated

1976

410

18 full-time, 2 part-time

Major home repair

Environmental

Yes

$510,000

Farmers Home Administration
Department of Housing and Urban Development

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

* Provides a variety of loans/grants
* Offers financial and indepeendent living counseling
* Provides education programs by contract from the New York State Department of Energy

* Coordinates many different funding sources for clients


Ithaca


TOMPKINS COUNTY HOME REPAIR

David Kenerson, Home Repair Coordinator

225 S. Fulton

Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 273-2187

Better Housing for Tompkins County, Incorporated

1990

45

70%

Roofs, carpentry, plumbing, doors and windows

Environmental

Handyman

Yes

Title III - Older Americans Act,
County budgets,
Client donations

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Works with clients to obtain additional funds for repairs not available through the program

 


Lowville

HANDYMAN PROGRAM

Jane M. Bush, Specialist, Services for the Agin

Leis County Office for the Aging, P.O. Box 408
Lowville, New York 1336

(315) 376-5313

Lewis County Office for the Aging (AAA) and Green Thumb, Incorporated

Older, low-income homeowners

70

100%

3 full-time

Weatherization, cleaning, carpentry, painting, doors and windows

Yes

$5,947

Title III - Older Americans Act
Client donations
Green Thumb

* Provides a senior forum educational program with various topics highlighted monthly such as safety in the home


Mayville

INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENTS BARRIER REMOVAL PROGRAM

2 Academy St.

Mayville, NY 14757

Carolyn Seymour, Executive Directo

(716) 753-4650

Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation

1970

Frail older persons and disabled, both homeowners and renters

81

90%

4 full-time, 1 part-time

Ramps, railings, grab bars, plumbin

Environmental

$38,500

Title III - Older Americans Act
Foundations
Donations
State grant programs
Client payments

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Agin

* Works with a local foundation to provide loans for adaptation at no interest


New York

MINOR HOME REPAIR PROGRAM

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens
150 Nassau Street, Suite 1730
New York, NY 10038

Maggie Higgins, Director of Programs

(212) 962-7653

New York Foundation for Senior Citizens

1983

Low/moderate income; older homeowners

2,000

100%

12 full-time, 3 part-time

Plumbing, locks, weatherization, smoke alarms, miscellaneous minor repairs

Handyman

Yes

$263,450

Community Development Block Grant
Foundations
Donations
Fundraising
Client donations

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Uses audio-visual aids, such as a home safety slide show, in presentations
* Established a computerized client database


Norwich

COUNTY RURAL HOUSING REHABILITATION PROJECT

5 Court Street
Norwich, NY 1381

Mike Quarenat

(607) 337-1640, (607) 334-7714

Opportunity for Chenango

1985

Low/moderate income persons residing in rural target area

50

60%

5 full-time

Major infrastructure repairs, smoke detectors, weatherization

$600,000

Community Development Block Grant

* Coordinates with an Area Agency on Aging

* Involves the homeowners as much as possible in the entire rehabilitation process to give them home management experience (for example, taking part in the analysis of needs, selection of contractors, work inspections)
* Provides grants and loans for low-income clients

 

WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Energy Division Director

(716) 945-1041

Cattarugus Community Action,
Incorporated

1976

30% of homes (must be 60 years or older)

162

47%

3 full-time

Heating and cooling, weatherization

$279, 414

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
Program (LIHEAP) Exxon Oil
Overcharge Funds

* Coordinates with an Area Agency on Aging

* Works closely with Community Development and the Area Agency on Aging to maximize available funds to benefit a household
* Installs free water heaters in a low-income homes and monitors electric use through a pilot project with New York State Electric and Gas Company
* Coordinates with Department of Social Services for emergency furnace replacements



Riverhead

RESIDENTIAL REPAIR

Judy Doll, Administraton

Senior Citizen Program
200 Howell Avenue
Riverhead, NY 1190

(516) 727-3200

Senior Citizen Program, Town of Riverhead

1980

275

100%

5 part-time

Weatherization, plumbing, grab bars, ramps, cleaning

Yes

$26,000

Title III - Older Americans Act
Contributions
Town funds

* Coordinates with State Unit on Aging


Rochester

The Ramp Doctor

Charles A. Daugherty, Owner
415 Ames St
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 303-2392
Specialize in disability remodeling which encompasses: access ramps, widening doorways, lowering cabinets & counters, shower stalls, bathtub & toilet grab-bars, storage systems, and space consolidations.
Free estimates, private pay

 


Sanamanca

WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Cattarugus Community Action, Incorporated
25 Jefferson Street Sanamanca, NY 1477

Kathy Jimerson, < color:black'>Energy Division Director

(716) 945-1041

Cattarugus Community Action, Incorporated

1976

30% of homes (must be 60 years or older)

162

47%

3 full-time

Heating and cooling, weatherization

Social Worker

$279,414

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Exxon Oil Overcharge Funds

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Works closely with Community Development and the Area Agency on Aging to maximize available funds to benefit a household
* Installs free water heaters in a low-income homes and monitors electric use through a pilot project with New York State Electric and Gas Company
* Coordinates with Department of Social Services for emergency furnace replacements


Scotia

BARRIER FREE SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED

165 Freeman's Bridge Road
Scotia, NY 12302

Bruce D. Jackson, President

(518) 346-4169

1984

Physically challenged persons

5 full-time

Wheelchair lifts, stairlifts, vehicle conversions, general home modifications

Environmental

$500,000

Client payments

* Involved in residential, commercial, and vehicle accessibility


Syracuse

PROJECT FIX

Elderly Support Services
1654 West Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13204

Eleanor Carr, Director, Elderly Support Services

(315) 424-1804

Catholic Charities - Elderly Support Services

1986

Homeowners, usually women living alone

275

100%

1 full-time, 1 part-time

Plumbing, carpentry, electrical, locks, general home modification

Functional/environmental

Case manager, handyman

Yes

$38,000

Title III - Older Americans Act
Client payments
Catholic Charities

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Gives presntations to senior groups about making thier own home repairs, home safety and avoiding high priced contractors
* Provides training to volunteer groups from churches, youth groups, and civic organizations
* Has a Directory of Local Contractors who have signed letters of agreement to provide services at a set price
* Has a resource list of volunteers from specific areas who will work for senior citizens at no cost


Ticonderoga

PRIDE HOMEOWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

129 Montcalm Street Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Rich Cunningham, Executive Director

(518) 585-6366

Preserve, Revitalize, Implement, Direct and Effect (PRIDE)
Community Development of Ticonderoga, Incorporated

1986

Very low to low-income residents, serves Ticonderoga and Washington Counties.

100

80%

2 full-time

Roofs, heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, weatherization

Environmental

$22,000

Rural Homeownership Assistance Program
* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Counsels clients on financing options that include leveraged funds or loans from sources such as the New York State Energy Conservation Bank, Farmers Home Administration and the County Weatherization Program
* Conducts workshops and provides print materials related to home pre-purchase and home repair for lower income persons


Utica

EXPANDED IN-HOME SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY PROGRAM (EISEP)

Oneida County Office for the Aging

520 Seneca St.
Utica, NY 13502

Gladys Buck

(315) 798-5770

Oneida County Office for the Aging (AAA)

1987

Functionally impaired homeowners

240

100%

25 part-time

Alarm system, durable medical equipment, ramps, general home repair, living modification

Functional/environmental

Social worker

Yes

$14,475

State Office for the Aging
County match

* Coordinates with State Unit on Aging

* Provides elderly consumer and caregiver education
* Offers in-service training to groups as needed
* Contracts with Central Association for the Blind to help meet ancillary needs of visually impaired clients
* Provides education and training with the Resource Center for Independent Living for the program's housekeeper/chore providers

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