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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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Ashtabula

Ashtabula County Community Action Agency

Lit Wiler, Director of Housing

2009 West Prospect Road
Ashtabula, OH 44004

440-997-1721

Low income

10%

500

Roofs, furnaces, plumbing, and electrical.

HUD rehabilitation guidelines

Staff

Client education available

$1,200,000

* Government funds
* Foundation money
* County funds
* AAA


Cincinnati

ELDERLY HOME REPAIR,

HOME MODIFICATION FOR THE DISABLED,

MAJOR HOME REPAIRS AND EMERGENCIES

7107 Shona Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45237

(513) 351-7921

People Working Cooperatively (PWC)

1979 (EHR), 1984 (HMD), 1975 (MHRE)

Older, low-income homeowners, disabled persons

thousands

55%

60 full-time

Inspection, porch/deck repair, gutters/downspouts, roofs, ramps, bathroom modifications, grab bars, lifts, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and furnaces.

Environmental

$1,663,250

Title III - Older Americans Act, Community Development Block Grant, Foundations, United Way, Special events proceeds, Client payments

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Conducts two major volunteer fix-up events: Repair Affair and Prepare Affair to do minor home repairs, chores and weatherization



HandyPro of Cincinnati

Philip Pyles, as of 4/3/2013

3429 Saint John's Place
Cincinnati, OH 45208

513-258-2490

513-871-0241

ppyles@handypro.com

www.handypro.com

Environmental

Philip Pyles

Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Certified Environmental Access Consultant



SMALL JOBS COMPANY, INC.
HOME MODIFICATIONS, MAINTENANCE
AND REPAIR FOR "AGING IN PLACE''

275 Oakmont St,
Cincinatti, OH 45216

513-383-1888

Phillip Spears, Executive Certification in Home Modifications for "Aging in Place", University of Southern California, as of 8/6/12

paspears@yahoo.com

smalljobs3831888.vpweb.com

Home Modifications, repairs and general home maintenance. Safety inspectations, plumbing and carpentry. Bathroom and kitchen remodeling, grab bar, ramp and drywall installation and finishing, Yard restoration and landscape design, specializing in "aging in place" modifications enabling people with mobility issues to stay at home and enjoy life.




Dayton

DAYTON FUND FOR HOME REHABILITATION

Ellen L. Trietsch, Program Manager

40 West Fourth Street--Room 400 , Dayton, OH 45402

(937) 223-6323

1964

Low-income homeowners:limited to Montgomery County, Ohio

57

52%

1 full-time, 1 part-time

General home repair, emergency repairs, ramps, grab-bars

Environmental

Yes

$113, 807

Community Development Block Grant, Foundations, Donations, Churches, United Way, Client payments

* Offers a wide variety of no-interest loans/grants to clients
* Counsels clients on services other than home rehabilitation for which they may be eligible
* Specifically targets homeowners who do not qualify for bank loans but who are in need of emergency home repair to remain in their homes


Waynesville

CHATEAU GROUP BUILDING AND PROPERTY SERVICES

1664 State Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068

513-897-3604

www.chateaugrp.com

chateaugrp@chateaugrp.com

500/yr

The services we provide include residential renovations, accessible design, home additions, and building maintenance/repairs. Our history with accessibility and elderly-independence renovations includes ADA-compliant bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, wheelchair ramps, grab bars/railing, widened doors, door hardware, lift stations, elevators, and other age-in-place projects that help people continue to live independently in their homes. Please feel free to contact us for a complimentary on-site estimate.

 


Youngstown

INTERFAITH HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICE, INCORPORATED

1005 W. Rayen Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502

Jennie H. Dennison-Budak

(330) 743-7800

(330) 743-5881

1975

low income homeowners

500+

70%

12 full-time

Plumbing, carpentry, heating and cooling, yardwork, drywall/plaster

Functional/environmental

Handyman

Yes

$600,000

Title III - Older Americans Act, Community Development, Block Grant, Foundations, Donations, Fundraising, United Way, Religious organizations, Client contributions

* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

 

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