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A State Profile of Home Modification Activities

Welcome to the Minnesota State Profile Page! This page features a sample of survey and research results from a comprehensive review of state and local home modification activities across the country. It has a special focus on the aging population and the efforts of State Units on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging, and Native American aging service programs that are funded by the Older Americans Act Title VI Grants for Indian Tribal Organizations.

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This section shares information that demonstrates the need for home modification in this state and highlights some of the state’s important home modification efforts, policies, and funding sources.

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How are agencies across the country responding to their communities’ home modification needs? Read about stand-out home modification efforts the aging network is conducting in this state.

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Home Modification and Repairs for Older Adults: Challenges and Opportunities for State Units on Aging: This report by the USC Fall Prevention Center of Excellence and ADvancing States reports on a national survey


State Units on Aging (SUAs) are designated state-level agencies that develop and administer state plans that advocate for and provide assistance, including home modifications or repairs, to older residents, their families, and adults with physical disabilities. SUAs administer funds, including Older Americans Act funds, which may be used to support home modification or repair services through local Area Agencies on Aging and other state and local entities.

Minnesota has a variety of programs and funding streams dedicated to home modifications and home repairs for older Minnesotans. Through these programs, the state strives to reach older adults on Minnesota’s means-tested programs as well as older adults not eligible for those programs. Under The Minnesota Board on Aging, funds are administered to the state’s Area Agencies on Aging to provide home modifications for older people. Minnesota’s 2019 State Plan on Aging, developed by the Minnesota Board on Aging, embeds home modification strategies as key to assisting older low income homeowners to age in the community through affordable home maintenance, modifications and in-home services.

The Minnesota Board on Aging is advocating for the implementation of a state-level multi-agency task force assigned to focus solely on the needs and opportunities related to older adult housing. It is also launching a public-private partnership to complete all home modifications and home maintenance repairs needed by the 16,400 very low-income older homeowners at risk of needing to move.

The Board also works with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s (MHFA) Rehabilitation Loan Program to fund home modifications and maintenance for very low-income older homeowners. Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Aging and Adult Services Division has a grant program called Live Well at Home Grant (LWAH), wherein grant money is provided to grantees to build the Long Term Services and Support System throughout the state. Through LWAH, money is awarded to grantees that execute home modifications for homes that lack the necessary structural features and support systems to make aging in place viable. Between the years of 2017-19, LWAH funded several grantees with a focus on home modifications, including the Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) intervention to help older people age in the community.


1. Environmental Accessibility Adaptations: Medicaid Waivers
Program Description: Environmental accessibility adaptations of up to $20,000/year to ensure the person’s health and safety or enable the person to function with greater independence are allowable under the following Minnesota waivers.

1) Alternative Care (AC) (older Minnesotans who require the level of care provided in a nursing facility and who are not yet eligible for Medical Assistance)
2) Brain Injury (BI) Waiver (for people with a traumatic, acquired or degenerative brain injury)
3) Community Alternative Care (CAC) Waiver (for people who are chronically ill or medically fragile and require the level of care provided in a hospital)
4) Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) Waiver (for people with disabilities who require the level of care provided in a nursing facility)
5) Developmental Disabilities (DD) Waiver (for people with developmental disabilities or related conditions who require the level of care provided in an intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities (ICF/DD)
6) Elderly Waiver (EW) (for older Minnesotans who require the level of care provided in a nursing facility)

2. Live Well at Home (LWAH) Grant Program
Program Description: The Live Well at Home grant program, administered through community organizations, expands the capacity of long-term services and supports to help people age 65 and older stay in their homes and communities of choice. Grant opportunities include environmental accessibility home modifications such as grab bar installation, bathroom adaptations and building ramps and home repairs.
Population Served: Varies by location.


1. Fix Up Loan Program
Program Description: These home improvement loans with fixed and lower interest rates may be used for energy conservation and accessibility improvements. A contractor may be hired or the work may be done by the homeowner.
Population Served: Diverse projects and income levels are eligible. Applicants must occupy and own the single family home, duplex, triplex or fourplex.

2. Rehabilitation Loan Program/Emergency and Accessibility Loan Program
Program Description: The Rehabilitation Loan program assists low-income homeowners with financing basic home improvements that directly affect the safety, habitability, energy efficiency or accessibility of their homes. The Emergency and Accessibility Loan Program addresses emergency conditions of the home or accessibility needs for a disabled household resident. Maximum loan amount for both: $27,000.
Population Served: Participants must meet program income limits, own and occupy the property, be current on property taxes and mortgages, and have homeowners insurance.


A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR)
The State Assistive Technology Grant Program, funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, supports comprehensive, statewide programs in each state that improve the provision of assistive technology (often home modification-related) to individuals with disabilities of all ages.


Minnesota Falls Prevention Initiative
For an up to date list of all state fall prevention coalitions, visit:


1. To locate the Area Agency on Aging in your state, please contact Eldercare Locator at

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:

Age Well at Home
Twin Cities: Habitat for Humanity
St. Paul, Minnesota
Age Well at Home, a program of the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, combines healthcare and housing to support older adults with aging in place. Through partnerships with healthcare providers, the Age Well at Home is able to serve referred homeowners in need of home modifications. A range of minor and major home modifications are available including simple technologies to make the home safer.

Red Lake Elderly Maintenance Program
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
Red Lake, Minnesota
The Red Lake Elderly Maintenance Program strives to preserve cultural ties and traditions while helping to maintain the housing stock for older adults of the Red Lake Nation. Services included minor repairs, carpentry, and bathroom modifications (grab bars).

Live Well at Home Program
Minnesota Indian Area Agency on Aging
Cass Lake, Minnesota
As a designated Area Agency on Aging providing services to older adults 60 years of age and older, caregivers, and grandparents/relatives raising relative children within the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe communities of Bois Forte, Grand Portage, Leech Lake and White Earth reservations, the Minnesota Indian Area Agency on Aging administers the state-funded Live Well at Home Program which includes environmental accessibility modifications. It also has a Fall Prevention Program with A Matter of Balance Program which also addresses home safety.

This page is brought to you by the project, “Promoting Aging in Place by Enhancing Access to Home Modifications,” supported, in part, by grant number HHS-2018-ACL-AOA-HMOD-0308 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.