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Aging In Place
with Habitat for Humanity

Through our Aging in Place program, Habitat helps older adults age at home and in communities of their choice. The Community Aging in Place Grant Program offers no-cost home safety checks, minor maintenance repairs, and accessibility modifications to eligible low-income elderly and disabled homeowners. These services enable recipients to continue living safely and comfortably at home. This program created a progressive solution for aging homeowners by establishing a model to address the housing and wellness issues of a growing segment of Maine residents.

Our impact: Advancing housing and health equity

We know that aging in place extends longevity and quality of life, and safe and stable housing and community networks are core to these outcomes. Safe and accessible housing is a key social determinant of health. Habitat’s Aging in Place program advances both housing and health equity for older Americans.

Examples of program scope of work:

Due to the nature of the program, it is hard to predict the needs of the homeowners we work with, below are some examples of the work we could provide. Often an initial home visit is needed to determine if we will be able to complete the needed work.

Accessibility Modifications

  • Grab bars and handrails

  • Shower wand

  • Shower seat

  • Raised toilet seat

  • Drawer pulls

  • Doorbell

  • Lever door handles

  • Safety Lighting

  • Knox Box

Minor Repairs

  • Winterizing

  • Storm door installation

  • Threshold Repair

  • Gutter Diversion 

  • Steps

  • Existing Ramps

  • Build shelf

  • Adjust cabinet height

Safety Checks

  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors

  • Dryer vents

  • Refrigerator coils

  • Light bulbs

  • Furnace filters

Eligibility for the program:

  • Are age 55+ or have a disability

  • Own your home or live in a home owned by a family member

  • Annual household income limits are 80% of area median income (AMI)

  • Live within the service area of our partners

As funds are available, Habitat can work with a limited number of homeowners who are under the age of 55.

To Apply:

Interested homeowners can: Call or email to get on our program waiting list or fill out the short referral form. Applicants will need to fill out a longer program application either on the phone prior to the home visit or at the initial visit.

 

Wait Time:

The program often has a waiting list. Most of the work is completed by Habitat’s construction manager, waiting times can vary depending on the stage of the home build. The majority of the work for the program will take place between June and December.