1. To locate the Area Agency on Aging in your state, please contact Eldercare Locator at https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx
2. Data Brief: Building Community Capacity to Serve Older Adults: The Role of Area Agencies on Aging in Home Modifications and Repairs
This Data Brief highlights key findings from the 2019 National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging on how Area Agencies on Aging are providing and funding home modification and repair activities. It was developed by the USC Fall Prevention Center of Excellence in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging as part of the Administration for Community Living project, “Promoting Aging in Place by Enhancing Access to Home Modifications.”
3. Featured Efforts:
Minor Home Repair Program
Johnson County Department of Human Services
Program Description: Johnson County provides home accessibility modifications to homeowners who are in need of grab bars, ramps, railings and more. Funds limited and assessed on a yearly basis. Begin the process by filling out an application on their website.The population served includes homeowners of Johnson County and fall at or below the Median-income HUD requirements.
Sedgwick County Home Improvement Coalition (SCHIC) and the Minor Home Repair Program
Central Plains Area Agency on Aging
The Sedgwick County Home Improvement Coalition (SCHIC) is a strategic partnership of governmental and non-governmental agencies, non-profit agencies and other related organizations that work collaboratively to support the rehabilitation of low-income residents’ homes in a cost-effective manner. The goal of the coalition is to simplify, yet broaden, and coordinate the process for low-income homeowners to gain access to home repairs. The coalition will make more efficient use of funds currently available and serve more residents by coordinating efforts. Members of the coalition will continue their independent repair programs; however, in cases that require a larger scope of repair than one agency can provide, cases will be addressed by the coalition in a collaborative effort to make best use of all resources. The Minor Home Repair Program addresses safety and accessibility issues for qualified residents of Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties in Kansas. It operates on state, federal and local funding sources through the Senior Care Act program, Older Americans Act program, and Sedgwick County Mill Levy funds.
Senior Home Repair Program and ReStore Program
Topeka Habitat for Humanity
The Senior Home Repair Program partners with the County Advocacy Council on Aging, business partners, and community donors to meet the needs of the community’s aging population through repairs and accessibility services of approximately 50-70 homes annually. Along with the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, Topeka Habitat for Humanity offers an affordable accessibility modification program through the Topeka Habitat ReStore.
The Whole Person: Home Modification Program
Kansas City, Kansas
The Whole Person: Home Modification Program offers free and low cost home modifications to older adults and persons with disabilities in Johnson, Wyandotte, and Leavenworth Counties. Skilled volunteers and local contractors work to make homes more accessible through modifications such as ramps, grab bars, and widened doorways. The Whole Person Organization oversees all projects, installations, payments and applications. If a person is in need of free services, there are guidelines to determine very-low income status.
Kansas State Fall Prevention Coalition
For an up to date list of all state fall prevention coalitions, visit: https://www.ncoa.org/resources/list-of-state-falls-prevention-coalitions/