Seniors can learn more about home repair grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, Rural Development office. The USDA office administers the Very Low-Income Housing Repair Program, a program available to help senior citizens with essential home repairs they could not otherwise afford. The grant covers a variety of home improvement projects.
Individuals looking to apply for home repair grants through the USDA should contact their local government representative for more information. Proof of the work to be done on the home, plus verified estimates of the repairs, may need to be presented at the time of application to ensure the repairs are eligible for a grant.
Seniors may also choose from a number of organizations provide home repair grants. Habitat for Humanity has a 50+ Repair Program that provides grants of up to $250,000, run through the AARP Foundation. This program allows low-income homeowners, age 50 and over, to make necessary repairs and modifications to their homes in order to age in place.
Seniors who live in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, area can find information through the AARP Foundation of the Greater Boston Senior Collaborative, which extends services to adults age 50 to 61 to make repairs on their homes including unclogging drains, installing grab bars and handrails, and repairing the exterior and interior stairs.