“I’m a happy person. I’m happy with my friends and my pets and I love the Lord. Housing Assistance did a very good job with my repairs, you are very nice people, and I appreciate it more than I can say.”
Our Home Repair Program addresses health and safety hazards in the homes of people who have limited income and resources. Using volunteer and contract labor, we are able to help many people remain living independently in their homes and communities.
The Home Repair Program currently provides approximately 300 repairs for Henderson County low-income homeowners annually. Improving homes within a neighborhood affects the sustainability of the entire community and preserves the clients’ self-identity which is associated with home and with the legacy many hope to leave to their children.
Fall prevention falls under Housing Assistance’s Home Repair Program. Falls are a common and especially serious issue for older adults. Approximately 35% to 40% of adults 65 and older hwo live independently fall annually, and falls have been linked to 40% of nursing home admissions. Falls are the leading cause of people leaving their homes and moving into assisted living.
Our Fall Prevention work provides homeowners who are at high risk of falling with home modifications and educations services to reduce those risks. The program is designed to allow people to live independently in their own homes as long as possible.
Applying For The Home Repair Program
If you would like to apply for the Home Repair Program, contact Heather Boyd 828-692-4744 ext. 108. You can also fill out the Home Repair Application before your visit.
In order to qualify for the program, you must own the home, you must meet the income requirements, and the repairs requested must be a health or safety hazard.
The Home Repair Program will only make repairs that eliminate health and safety hazards. Cosmetic repairs are not eligible for the program. Examples of eligible repairs include:
- Living-assisted ramps
- Grab bars
- Minor electrical repairs
- Leaking faucets
- Roof leaks
- Floor repair
- Septic pumping
- Water heater replacement
- Steps and handrails
Who Can Apply For Home Repairs?
You are eligible for the Home Repair Program if:
- You are a homeowner, not a renter
- You live in the home for which you are requesting repairs
- Your gross annual income does not exceed 50% of the area median income
- You have no other source or means to pay for all of the repairs
Who Makes The Repairs?
The repairs are completed by a combination of Housing Assistance staff, volunteers, and sub-contractors.
Home Repair Program Costs
There is no mandatory cost to the homeowner to participate in the Home Repair Program. However, if you are able to contribute funds to help pay for materials or labor, your voluntary contribution will be greatly appreciated.
Funds for the Home Repair Program are limited and come from several funding sources, including United Way, state and federal programs, and private donations. Your monetary contribution will help stretch the Home Repair Program dollars so more homes can be repaired.
In order to verify information for your application, please bring the following documentation, if applicable:
Proof of income from all sources:
- Current year benefits letter for SSI, SS, pension
- 12 Months of wage history
- Child support payments received
- Disability payments received
Proof of home ownership, such as:
- Deed in your name
- Copy of the title in your name
- Current property tax bill in your name
Notarized letter from property owner.
If you own a mobile home on a rented lot, you need a notarized letter from the lot owner giving permission to perform tasks that might impact their property, such as building a ramp. The letter also needs to state the location of septic or utility lines.