Home Repair and Safety Audit Programs
Many seniors choose to live independently in their own homes and communities. The Foundation sponsors two programs – Home Repair and Home Safety Audits – to help ensure that these New Yorkers remain healthy, safe and independent. Both programs serve as models for the development of similar programs throughout the United States.
This highly successful program helps older New Yorkers in all five boroughs remain in their own homes. The program’s experienced and responsible home repair workers provide repair and various maintenance services without charge for thousands of senior homeowners and renters (with the explicit consent of their landlords and after attempts to enlist their landlords to make the repairs). Offered to individuals with limited finances, these services include minor plumbing, gutter-cleaning, masonry, electrical, carpentry, caulking, weather-stripping and installing crime prevention devices, as well as some emergency services. The home repair staff also provides free home safety checks for elderly homeowners to identify and correct safety hazards in their homes.
This program helps protect seniors, particularly those who are frail or disabled, from dishonest service providers as well as from potential financial scams and other situations that would increase their sense of vulnerability.