Grants make repairs for seniors possible

 08/04/2014 | 12:53 PM 
A Brothers Redevelopment construction technician replaces a worn kitchen floor that had become a tripping hazard with new flooring.

A Brothers Redevelopment construction technician replaces a worn kitchen floor that had become a tripping hazard with new flooring.

New rounds of Community Development Block Grant funding have been approved through several of Brothers Redevelopment’s local government partners. Leveraging the funds, the Brothers Home Maintenance & Repair program will improve in-home accessibility, mobility or safety for income-qualified elderly or residents with disabilities in several metro-area communities, especially in Arapahoe County and Jefferson County.

New this year in participating Arapahoe County municipalities, renters also are eligible to apply for the accessibility improvements, which generally have been available only to homeowners.

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

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

To receive assistance, applicants must live in the home that is within boundaries for a grant; 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 these programs 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.

Brothers has been serving the Colorado residents who are low-income seniors or disabled since 1971.

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