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A State Profile of Home Modification Activities

Welcome to the Tennessee 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 the aging network (State Units on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging, and Native American aging service programs that are funded by the Older Americans Act Title VI) as well as other governmental agencies and programs.

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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 of the aging network as well as local agencies 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. Program(s) with home modification or repairs include:

Senior Trust/Elder Trust
Program Description: The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disabilities oversees the $36 million Senior Trust/Elder Trust related to the settlement of two court cases. Funding is granted to six different in-state organizations for the purposes of implementing statewide initiatives designed to improve older Tennesseans’ lives. Two organizations focus on home modification and repair: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and Westminster Home Connection.
Population Served: Low-income older adults in Tennessee in need of home modification services.


CHOICES in Long-Term Services and Supports
Program Description: CHOICES assists adults age 21 and older with a physical disability and adults age 65 and older to live independently in their community. Home and community-based services provided in the home include minor home modifications that support safer and easier functioning such as grab bars and wheelchair ramps.
Population Served: Medicaid-eligible Tennessee residents age 21 years and older with a physical disability or age 65 or older.


1. Emergency Repair Program
Program Description: To stabilize a homeowner’s residence and make it more livable, the Emergency Repair Program corrects, repairs, or replaces an essential system and/or critical structural problem for low-income homeowners who are age 60 and older or persons with a disability. Bathroom modifications and ramps necessary for safe functioning and access are included.
Population Served: Low-income homeowners age 60 or older or persons with a disability of any age.

2. Flexible Home Concepts Program
Program Description: This voluntary certification program is designed to encourage builders of new single or multi-family homes to voluntarily include design features which make a home accessible, visitable and convenient for everyone. The certified home must have the following features included in its design: 1) easy access with a step-free entrance of not more than ½ inch from a driveway, sidewalk or other firm surface into the main floor of the home; 2) easy passage throughout the home with an exterior door that provides a minimum of 32 inches of clear passage (36 inches is preferable) from the step-free entrance. All interior passage doorways on the main floor also provide a minimum of 32 inches of clear passage; and 3) easy use with a main floor that includes a kitchen, some entertainment area, at least one bedroom and one full bathroom. The full bathroom will provide at least 30” by 48” of maneuvering space that allows easy access to the sink, commode and shower or tub.
Population Served: Tennessee homeowners.

3. Tennessee Housing Trust Fund/Home Modifications and Ramps Program
Program Description: This Tennessee Housing Development Agency program provides funding for home modifications and repairs for low- and very low- income older adults, persons with disabilities, and persons with special needs. The statewide Home Modifications and Ramps Program is administered by United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee. It provides funding for ramp construction and other home modifications that assist persons with disabilities to maintain their independence.
Population Served: Tennesseans with any disability that results in mobility impairment and the need for a wheelchair ramp who meet the Tennessee Housing Trust Fund’s household income criteria.

4. Tennessee Repair Loan Program
Program Description: This program provides loans of up to $25,000 with 5% interest rates for repairs or modifications to provide safe and supportive housing.
Population Served: Low-income veterans, older adults, and homeowners with special needs who have owned the home for at least five years.


Tennessee Technology Access Program (TTAP)
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.


Tennessee Fall Prevention Initiatives
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.”

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Appalachia Service Project: Home Repair Program of Central Appalachia
Johnson City, Tennessee
Appalachia Service Project is a volunteer-based Christian ministry program that has a Home Repair Program. The program offers home replacement and repairs to homeowners in Central Appalachia. Approximately 16,000 volunteers assist families and individuals in need of accessibility repairs. Services are provided receive free of charge. Projects take place during the summer months. Eligible recipients include residents of Central Appalachia in need of home repairs.

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 90PPHM0001 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.