Brothers Redevelopment offers home repairs and modifications to seniors

Before learning about housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment, Beverly Kinard was faced with having to leave her house due to accessibility issues. 

The 86-year-old Arvada resident struggles with a variety of disabilities and has difficulty walking due to her health condition. She needed a wheelchair ramp installed to enter her house, and her chairlift was damaged — making it difficult for her to safely access her bedroom. The price for her wheelchair ramp alone cost more than $7,000 — a price she couldn’t afford.

But after qualifying for Brothers Redevelopment’s Home Modification and Repair Program, Kinard not only received a new wheelchair ramp and repairs for her chairlift — she was also granted a new bathroom floor — all at no charge. 

Kinard is one of 461 residents across the metro area who received services through the Home Modification and Repair Program in 2021. The service works to help seniors age comfortably in their own homes by providing free home accessibility repair services, exterior home-repair services and interior repairs to seniors and disabled residents. 

In total, the Home Modification and Repair Program saved Kinard $9,986.10. 

“It means I can stay at my home at a price I can afford. (Brothers Redevelopment) treated me with dignity and respect,” said Kinard. “I cannot say enough good things about Brothers. They were wonderful.” 

Among the repairs and modifications clients receive through the Home Modification and Repair Program include roll-in shower conversions, wheelchair ramp construction, plumbing repairs, exterior plumbing, light electrical repairs and more. The program is offered to residents who live in Littleton, Englewood, Unincorporated Arapahoe County, Aurora, Broomfield, Centennial, Commerce City, Sheridan, Arvada, Westminster, Thornton, El Paso County, and Colorado Springs. 

The Home Modification and Repair Program is offered to low and/or fixed-income seniors (60 years of age and older) whose homes are in need of repair or modification and to individuals with disabilities who require medical and mobility-related modifications to their homes. 

To apply for Brothers Redevelopment’s Home Modification and Repair Program, dial 303-202-6340 or email HMR@brothersredevelopment.org. More information can also be found at brothersredevelopment.org. 

“Since the onset of the pandemic, the assistance we offer has never been more important. We have seen seniors dealing with increasing isolation and hopelessness gain safe access to and from their homes, allowing them to reengage with their community and loved ones,” said Home Modification and Repair Program Manager Jason McCullough. “Whether it be a wheelchair ramp, new porch rails or even a few extra grab bars around the home, this program has increased the overall safety, comfort and level of personal independence for every person we were able to help.”

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