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Home Modifications & Repairs

When one has a house and needs help with small repairs there are some organizations to help seniors and those with disabilities. When snow removal and grass mowing is needed there are also a couple agencies available. Most senior centers have a small grant to do home repairs for people that are elderly or disabled. One should also try the local faith based organizations. Each resource is very specific in the locations they help with, the income limits of the household, and the amount of assistance they can supply.

 

Home Improvement, Medical Supplies, and Ramps

Faith In Action Centers
Provides help with yard work, social visits, light house-keeping, errands, transportation, reading services to sight-impaired seniors
Grosse Pointe (313) 882-9600
Monroe (734) 243-2233
Pontiac (248) 334-3856
Warren (586) 983-3633
W. Bloomfield (248) 865-1366

Home Repairs

USDA Rural Development
Robert Bertram (517) 263-1782
If the home is on land that is owned by the people that reside in the home and they live in a rural area then they can apply for a grant from USDA Rural Development by calling

Medicaid
If this is needed for access to these people's house it may be covered by Medicaid through an Occupational Therapist.

State Emergency Relief Fund
State funds to assist emergencies to prevent homelessness, help home owner repairs. Call your local DHS office
Pontiac (248)975-5400
Walled Lake (248) 669-7600
Madison Heights (248) 669-7600.

Craigs List
http://www.craigslist.com/

MSHDA's Property Improvement Program
http://www.michigan.gov/mshda%3chttp:/www.michigan.gov/mshda,
Click on the Home Improvement link
(517) 373-1974
(517) 373-8017
Low interest home improvement loans to single-family homeowners with low-to-moderate income (up to $65,000, or $74,750 in certain areas), and landlords (no income limit) renting to low-to-moderate income tenants. Eligible home improvements include but are not limited to the following: Heating and air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical Roof, doors and windows, siding, and insulation, Kitchen and/or bath remodeling, Garages, carports, driveways, walkways, and ramps, Additions and attic or basement finishing, Painting and lead-based paint remediation, Water heater (including solar), Septic and sewer (including connection to system), Flooring (including wall to wall carpet), Deck installation (excluding hot tub and pool) The interest rate for homeowners is 4%, 6%, or 8%, depending upon income. There is a minimum credit score of 620.

MSHDA's Property Improvement Program (PIP)
http://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,1607,7-141-49317_49323-187374--,00.html
Jess Sobel, (517) 241-0453 or sobelj@michigan.gov
People in the middle income range, low-interest loans as low as $1,000 and up to $25,000 WITHOUT equity in your home and WITH affordable payments. (Larger loans are available with equity.) It also offers loans specifically for ramps, accessible bathrooms, etc.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)
http://www.michiganloanfunds.org/
(800) 828-2714
If one works from home and has a disability and there are obstacles in the home to performing the work, low interest loans are available.

Oakland County


Habitat for Humanity

(248) 338-1843
Repairs for safety, security, accessibility, weatherization and code compliance for homeowners that are willing to do sweat equity and able to pay a non-profit loan back call to get income requirements or go to families@habitatoakland.org


Oakland County Community and Home Improvement Division Home Improvement
1200 N. Telegraph
Bldg. 38-E, Entrance C
Pontiac, MI 48341-0414
(888) 350-0900 ext. 80493, (248) 858-0493.
0 to 3% Home Improvement Loans and Program/Housing Counseling
This is for owner - occupied single-family dwellings of people that have low incomes.

Community Development Block Grants
Home improvement loans at low to deferred interest rates. Call your local government.
Oakland County Community Home Improvement: (248) 858-0493
Pontiac Community Development: (248) 546-5577
Southfield Community Development: (248) 354-4413
Farmington Hills: (248) 474-5500
Waterford: (248) 674-3111 ext 228.

Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
Weatherization Assistance Program
(248) 209-2777
This program is for household incomes below 150% of the poverty level, that's annual incomes less the $15,000 for singles and $17,000 for couples. People that receive benefits from the Department of Human Services, Supplemental Security Income and State Disability Assistance are automatically eligible. The repairs and updates are for specific aspects of their home to reduce energy bills. These repairs include things like new insulation, new furnaces and new windows.

Safer Homes for Children
Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
(248) 209-2692
This program is to educate and improve the safety of homes that children live in. It will provide case management, energy efficiency upgrades, and health and safety upgrades to homes with children under the age of 12 months old or for pregnant woman in her 3 trimester. This program is for household incomes below 150% of the poverty level, that's annual incomes less the $15,000 for singles and $17,000 for couples.

Local churches, and Community Centers sometimes offer home repair helps for Seniors and people with disabilities. For instance, Troy and Clawson has Senior Home Assistance Repair Program (SHARP) for people 60 and older and persons with disabilities to repair safety hazards, or restore call (248) 545-3464
Royal Oak Seniors only: (248) 246-3900.

Lighthouse
(248) 920-6200
Grants to help low-income households with repairs

Southfield Home Improvement Program
(248) 796-4177
Southfield residents only

Christmas in Action
(248) 618-7433
Home repairs to elderly and disabled in Oakland County

Madison Heights PHA:
(248) 583-0842
Home Improvement Loans: owner/occupant homeowner of single family home in Madison Heights. Low interest and/or deferred loans of (3%) Low income persons, including the elderly and disabled, are encouraged to apply.

Mobile Home Repairs

Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
1956 Hilton Road Ferndale, MI
(248) 542-5860
Repairs roofs, furnace, hot water heaters, for people with low incomes in Mobile Homes.

Macomb County

Macomb County Community Services Home Preservation/Energy
Weatherization Services for low income families in Macomb County
(586) 469-6329

The Macomb Urban County Housing Rehabilitation Program
(586) 469-5285 (Interest-free, deferred loans to homeowners.)

Macomb County Weatherization Program
Phone: (586) 469-6999
TDD: (586) 469-6329
www.macombcountymi.gov/mccsa/wx.html

Macomb County Community Services Agency
18 Market Street
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: (586) 469-6964
www.macombcountymi.gov/mccsa

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity
Home repairs, $2000 limit based on funding availability
29777 Gratiot
Roseville MI
(586) 263-1540 ext. 112

Macomb County Community Services Agency
21885 Dunham #10
Clinton Twp. MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-5012 Senior Citizen Chore Service and Home Injury Control
Phone: (586) 469-6329 Home Preservation and Energy Group
Email: mccsa@macombcountymi.gov
www.macombcountymi.gov/mccsa/chore.htm

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
8075 Ritter
Center Line MI 48015
Phone: (586) 757-5551
Assistance to older and disabled adults in Macomb County who have no other resources

Ramps

Quick Ramps For Kids with Cerebral Palsy
(248) 557-5070

Michigan Department of Career Development Rehabilitation Services:
(313) 256-2750

Michigan State Housing Development Authority
(low interest loans for ramps)
(313) 256-2860

The Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund Assistive technology any item, piece of equipment or device that enables an individual with a disability to improve individual independence and quality of life: http://www.michiganloanfunds.org/ or call 1 (800) 828-2714.

The Ramps R Us:
(248) 535-1549
Contact: julie.frei@morcinc.org

ADAPTIVE AIDS Project Freedom
(734) 240-2565
http://www.projectfreedommi.org/

The Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund Assistive technology any item, piece of equipment or device that enables an individual with a disability to improve individual independence and quality of life: http://www.michiganloanfunds.org/ or call 1 (800) 828-2714.

Medical Supplies

Assistive Technology: buy, sell or give away assistive technology (AT). http://www.atxchange.org/v3/home.php

An agency can send a referral form from projectrfreedom.org for a Lift Aid 2000 that moves a person around a room. After filling out the referral form sent to Theo at LiftAid in Wixom 1 (800) 951-4243.

UCP 1 (800) 827-4843 maintains a list of donors with used medical supplies.

Rebuilding Together
(248) 345-5220: Mention Wendi's name.

Paralyzed Veteran of America
(248) 476-9000
Has loan closet for medical equipment for anyone.

Revised January 30 2013

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