HOME MODIFICATIONS & REPAIRS
www.homemods.org. A joint project of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification and the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence at the University of Southern California, the website serves as an information clearinghouse on home modification to promote aging in place. The site includes a National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources, which has a state-by-state listing of places to find contractors and architects, and resources for specific jobs such as installing ramps.
www.togetherwetransform.org. Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization that provides low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities, with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades, free of charge. The organization’s local affiliate, Rebuilding Together Long Island, (www.rebuildingtogetherlongisland.org), has about 250 volunteers who help economically disadvantaged homeowners in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Contact: 631-777-7894.
www.nahb.org . The National Association of Home Builders provides general information about aging in place, in addition to an online directory that can help consumers find remodeling and certified aging-in-place specialists.
Local Home Modification & Repair Resources
National Aging in Place Council (Long Island Chapter)
Click Local Chapters, then Long Island)
This local NAIPC chapter can provide contact information for professionals located in Nassau and Suffolk who can plan and install home modifications. Email: LongIslandNY@ageinplace.org
Community Development Corp. of Long Island
CDCLI’s Weatherization Assistance Program is a free program provided to income-eligible renters and homeowners on Long Island, especially the elderly and disabled, to make their homes more energy efficient. This nonprofit organization also offers both deferred grants and loans to assist residents with repairs or home improvement needs.
United Adult Ministries
This nonprofit organization provides personal emergency response services through its United Lifeline outreach program, but also offers discounted household repair services for seniors and disabled people on Long Island and in New York City.
Home Improvement Programs—Nassau County
Qualified senior homeowners may apply for interest-free loans to assist with exterior improvements, weatherization, window, door and roof replacement and emergency repairs.
Home Improvement Programs—Suffolk County
Through each town, eligible homeowners may participate in residential repair programs that provide small household maintenance and non-emergency repair tasks. Participants are generally required to pay for the cost of materials.