Free mobility, safety repairs for elderly homeowners made possible by grants

Brothers construction technicians install a porch railing as part of improvements for a metro-area senior.

Brothers construction technicians install a porch railing as part of improvements for a metro-area senior.

The Brothers Home Maintenance & Repair program has grant funding available to improve in-home accessibility and mobility for income-qualified elderly or residents with disabilities in several metro-area communities, especially in Arapahoe County, Jefferson County and other areas.

Examples of approved program repairs include tub and shower grab-bar installation, roll-in showers, accessible doorways, wheelchair ramps and exterior house painting. Brothers Redevelopment also can oversee minor plumbing, electrical and heating improvements for qualified homeowners. Qualifying improvements will be completed free of charge while funds are available.

The improvements that are eligible for grant funds can help homeowners remain in the comfort of their own homes.

Leveraging federal Community Development Block Grant funds, Brothers will coordinate the Help for Homes Program. Income-qualified homeowners can apply for up to $5,000 in important repairs that improve the home’s overall accessibility, safety or address code-related concerns.

To receive assistance, homeowners must live in the home that is within a participating community; meet specific income guidelines, and be a legal resident of the United States. Homes also must be in need of repairs that can be completed within program guidelines.

Homeowners who do not meet the criteria to participate in Help for Homes will be referred to an appropriate program that may be able to address their needs.

For more information or to apply, call Rhonda at Brothers Redevelopment, 303-202-6340, or visit www.brothersredevelopment.org.

While Brothers primarily seeks to fulfill its mission of helping low-income elderly and disabled homeowners live safely and comfortably in their homes, the agency’s program also helps communities improve aging housing stock and preserve property values.

A trusted, professional housing nonprofit, Brothers has been serving the Colorado residents who are low-income seniors or disabled since 1971.

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