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Question by jammas_1472: no cost home improvements?
My mother is on social security & her home is in disparate need of home improvements. Do any one know grants, organizations, or anything that help her improve her home?

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Answer by Juanaquena
I don’t know of any from personal experience.

I do find one Federal program, Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants. Here’s the link to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture info on the program:

http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HAD-RR_Loans_Grants.html

The grant funds may just be limited to those older residents living in rural areas however.

Here is a link to a U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) web page with info on home improvement programs:

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/home_improvements

The area in which your mother lives may participate in one or more of the Federal programs.

I do believe all counties in the US have an office/department designated to help the elderly with info and direction on a variety of topics. In my home county it is part of the county government and named the Aging and Disability Resource Center. I know other places call it the Area Agency on Aging. I recommend you check the Yellow Pages phone directory for the area where your mother lives under the section named Social Services to find the agency in her area. Then, you can telephone and talk with someone there about what might be available.

Also, in my area, there are some church groups that offer no cost, volunteer home repairs for the low income elderly in the area. That may be an avenue of investigation for you, too. If your mother belongs to a church, perhaps her pastor is familiar with a similar program where she lives.

Also, my elderly mother found reliable workers for small home maintenance jobs through her church and the church youth group. They did charge for their work, but the cost was a lot lower than most maintenance people. The youth group members did the work to earn money for their projects. Mainly they did yard work. They were responsible. Their adult adviser(s) supervised their work.

Best wishes

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