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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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Abingdon

Appalachian Independence Center

Greg Morrell

230 Charwood Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210

540-628-2979

540-628-4931

gmorrell@naxs.net

Also providing personal assistance programs, assistive technology/technical assistance, education, individual and systems advocacy.

Free

Peer counseling, skills training, I&R, etc.


Arlington

AHC

Carlton Miller, Director
2300 South 9th Street Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22204 
(703) 486-0626
(703) 486-0653
1975
All homeowners, low and moderate income
60-70
50%
4 full-time

Doors and windows, roofs, kitchen remodeling, bath remodeling, heating and cooling, accessibility, grab bars and ramps

Environmental/functional
On-staff rehab specialists 
Yes
$744,946

Community Development Block Grant, Housing Partnership Revolving Fund, Client payments, Fee for servic
* Coordinates with both State Unit on Aging and Area Agency on Aging

* Offers a variety of loans/grants to clients

 

Bridge Program

Jim Gnecco

3100 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201

703-525-3268

703-525-3585

info@ddgsys.com

www.ecnv.org

Independence Center of Northern Virginia

Young people with disabilities

Counseling and education.

 


Charlottesville

ALBEMARLE HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (AHIP)

700 Harris Street Suite 101, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Jane Andrews, Associate Director
(804) 293-5708
(804) 293-4964
1976
Low to moderate-income families and individuals
300-400
45%

24 full-time, 1 part-time

First-time indoor plumbing, roof replacement, heating system repair, major structural repair

Environmental/functional

Outreach staff, Professional rehab specialists

Yes
$900,000

Community Development Block Grant, VA Dept. of Housing and Community Development, County of Albemarle, Thomas Jefferson Planning District
* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

 

Independent Resource Center

Thomas Vandever

815 Cherry Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

434-971-9629

434-971-8242

tvandever@adephia.net

Ramps and grab bars.

Their main goal is to help consumer to get funds and approval for accessibility, however they do not directly deal with homemodifications/repairs.

Counseling and resources.

Repayment of loans.

 


HOME SAFETY PROGRAM FOR OLDER ADULTS

Robert Baker, Program Coordinator
Commonwealth Drive Suite B-1, Charlottesville, VA 22901
(804) 978-3644
(804) 978-3643
1984
Frail older persons
374
95%

1 full-time, 1 part-time

Safety and security, railings, smoke alarms

Functional/environmental
Occupational therapist
Yes
$55,000

Foundations, Fundraising, County funds, United Way
* Is an Area Agency on Aging

* Makes home safety and sensory loss presentations to senior groups, caregivers, and nursing students
* Uses before and after slide photos of hazard orrectuion when approaching local government units for funding


Cedar Bluff

EMERGENCY HOME REPAIR PROGRAM (Cedar Bluff)

P.O. Box 765, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
Ilene Bostic, In-Home Services Director
(276) 964-4915
(276) 963-0130
Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens (AAA)
1987
All ages homeowners and disabled persons, low-income
196

1 full-time, 5 part-time

Ramps, roofs, floors, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, heating/plumbing

Functional/environmental

Case manager, Visiting nurse

Yes
$21,961

Title III - Older Americans Act, State Department of housing and community development
* Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging

* Provides educational programs for home repair carpenters
* Service supervisor attends home repair training and workshop


Christiansburg

Blue Ridge Independent Living Center

Robert Wright, Staff Contact

1502 Williamson Road Northeast
Roanoke, VA 24012-5100

540-342-1231

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Danville

Piedmont ILC

Barry White

816B West Main St.
Danville, VA 24614

434-797-2576

434-797-2568

 


Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg's Center for Independent Living

409 Progress Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

540-373-5890

540-373-8126

http://www.cildrc.org/

People with disabilities.

Yes

Yes

Local funding

Volunteer opportunities

Information and referral

Free

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Gate City

Rural Areas Development Association Inc.

David Gilman

Housing Coordinator

112 Beech St., Suite 3
Gate City, VA 24251

540-386-6441

540-386-6523

rada@mounet.com

Low-income

80%

145

5

Roofs, ramps, railings, grab bars, and door widening.

In home guidelines.

Housing coordinator

* Department of Housing
* State
* Federal funds
* Local funds


Grundy

Clinch Independent Living Services

Betty Bevins

PO Box 2740
Grundy, VA 24614

540-935-6088

540-935-6342

clis@netscope.net

Ramps and grab bars.

They help consumers get funds and approval for accessibility.

They get funding but not for home modifications.

Loan program, consumer service fund grant.

Repayment of loans.


Hampton

Home Improvements

Denny Campbell

P.O. Box 280
Hampton, VA 23664

757-727-1111

Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority

1990

Low income, 62+ or older.

90%

45-50

4

Ramps, roofs, doors, grab bars, bathrooms, and kitchen.

Program inspectors.

* Home fed
* CDBG.

Revolving and deferral loans.


Low Moor

Blue Ridge (Satellite)

Wayne Anderson

PO Box 7, Room 631
Low Moor, VA 24457

540-862-0252

 


Lynchburg

Lynchburg Area Center for Independent Living

Dana Jackson

500 Alleghany Ave, Suite 520
Lynchburg, VA 24501

434-528-4971

434-528-4976

lacil@lacil.org

www.lacil.org

Ramps and peer counseling.

None

Information and referral.

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Manassas

Independent Empowerment Center

Lisa Fletcher

Community Service Program Coordinator

Bill Ward

9001 Digges Road, Suite 103
Manassas, VA 20110

703-257-5400

703-257-5043

lecinc@starpower.net

1999

Disabled

10%

80

5

Ramps and door widening. bathrooms

Yes

Yes

* State Department of Rehabilitation Services
* County funding

Free

Peer counseling, information, referral, and advocacy.


Newport News

Access 1st, Inc.

Shaun Smith

P.O. Box 1791
Newport News, VA 23601

757-592-0247

757-223-7184

improve@cox.net

We are a Class A contractor especializing in Independent Living and Universal Design Home modifications

Feb. 1, 1996
6
364
Yes

No

 


Norfolk

Independent Center, Inc.

Steve Johnson

6320 N.Center Drive, Suite 100
Norfolk, VA 23502

757-461-8007

757-455-8223

ecinorf@whoro.net


Norton

Junction Center for Independent Living

Gwen Gilmore

548 Park Avenue
Norton, VA 24273

540-679-5689

540-579-6569

jcil@mounet.com

http://www.junctioncenter.org/

Ramps, grab bars, and roll-in showers.

They also provide peer counseling, education training and support group, information and referral services, and personal assistance services.

Free

 


Pennington Gap

Junction Center for Independent Living

Gwen Thompson

247 West Morgan Avenue
Pennington Gap, VA 24277

540-546-5093

540-546-3360

jilz@mounet.com

http://www.junctioncenter.org/

Disabled

25%

Ramps, modifications, and accessibility.

Engineers, and Department of Rehabilitation

Contingent upon topic then sent to specialists.

State of Virginia

Helps clients fill out consumer fund forms for state funding.

 


Richmond

EMERGENCY HOME REPAIR PROGRAM (Richmond)

Lil Weston, Program Administrator
501 N. 2nd Street, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 371-7100
(804) 371-7091

Department of housing and community development

1988
Very low-income persons
1,000
60% 
1 part-time

Heating, roofs, weatherization, plumbing/waste water, accessibility, structural improvement

Case manager, Social worker, Health department

$552,725 

State general funds, Stripper Well funds, Fundraising, Client payments 
* Coordinates with an Area Agency on Agin
* Program is located in a state agency

 

Central Virginia ILC, Inc.

Sandra Wagener

2900 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230

804-353-6503

804-358-5606

Civic1@aol.com

 


Roanoke

Blue Ridge Independent Living Center

Mary Boom

1502-D Williamson Road, NE
Roanoke, VA 24012

540-342-1231

540-342-6505

tlavinder@brilc.org

www.brilc.org

Ramps and grab bars.

Peer counseling, support groups, workshops, advocacy, housing, information, referrals and community education.

Free

 


Rocky Mount

Home Repair Program

Rose Boyd

136 Tanyard Road
Rocky Mount, VA 24151

540-483-9238

Homeowners of low-income over the age of 60 years old.

100%

90-100

N/A

Ramps, bath tubs, roofing, plumbing, and grab bars.

Guidelines

Rose Boyd

$25,000

Title 111 OAA

 


Salem

Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc.

Chris Moore

1371 Southside Dr Suite D
Salem, VA 24153

540-384-2064

540-384-2065

cmoore@solidrockenterprises.com

www.solidrockenterprises.com

Senior citizens and persons with disabilities, especially Veterans.

4

Accessible additions and remodeling.

Yes

HISA Grants, Granting Freedom Grants, SAH Grants, private pay

CAPS certified, Executive Certificate in Home Modifications Author, Housing Matters column, Panel of Experts at caring.com

 


Urbanna

HOUSING DEPARTMENT - NORTHERN NECK

Middle Peninsula Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
P.O. Box 610, Urbanna, VA 23175
Bruce V. DeSimone, Housing Director
(804) 758-2386
(804) 758-5773

Northern Neck - Middle Peninsula Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (AAA)

1988
Older homeowners
200
50%
8 full-time
Weatherization, carpentry, roofs, ramps, major rehabilitation

Volunteer, Rehab specialist

Yes

$2,000,000

Title III - Older Americans Act, Community Development Block Grant, Virginia Weatherization Program, State Housing Program Grants
* Coordinates with State Unit on Aging

* Develops housing partnerships with local public agencies
* Offers a variety of loans/grants to clients
* Advises clients on the operation and maintenance of housing improvements
* Provides technical assistance in housing to local governments
* Encourages local groups to pursue minor home repair program

 


Williamsburg

Commonwealth Design and Accessibility Partnership

Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Susan Diann Dyer, M.Arch, Assoc.-AIA, as of 9/5/12
804-525-8450

CDAPTidewater@gmail.com

http://www.cdaptidewater.com/
Those needing small retrofits to access their home (yard, interior and workplace)
2012
Kitchen, path of egress, front entry, bathroom, doorways, parking
Full Design Services with a focus on strategic upgrades to increase long-term appraisal values.
Providing ADA evaluations/cost estimates, design and tenant up-fits for growing commercial, business and residential consumers.
Services Provided: Flexible, design and planning to fit most budgets.
Ensuring accessibility and added long-term value through a rigorous quality control process.
ADA Accessibility Evaluation and Planning for:
-schools
-hospitals
-other commercial entities of any square footage
-residences of any square footage

OSHA Construction Safety & Health

 


Winchester

Access Independence

Kim Shick

403B South Lauden St.
Winchester, VA 22601

540-662-4452

540-662-4474

access@visuallink.com

 

N/A

Rose Finch

VA

434-738-0300

434-738-0201

rose.finch@vaboydton.fsc.usda.g

Low-income homeowners.

98%

40

3

Roofs, flooring, ramps, bathroom, and grab bars.

Yes

Staff

Federal funds

Loans

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