Morris Habitat for Humanity Starts Aging In Place Program

Morris Habitat for Humanity has started a new “Aging in Place,’’ program designed to help seniors stay in their homes longer and maintain their independence.
Morris Habitat for Humanity will provide the volunteer labor force to undertake such repairs as correcting code violations, simple water leaks, adding grab bars and handrails, and roof repairs. Basic landscaping projects, such as yard cleanup and sidewalk repairs, also can be performed.
The homeowner’s responsibility is to pay for purchased materials unless they have been donated. State-licensed electricians and plumbers often participate “at cost” to help keep the homeowner’s expenses to a minimum.
Thanks to a Capacity Building Grant from Habitat for Humanity International, Morris Habitat can expand its Neighborhood Revitalization Program to now include the new “Aging in Place” program, which was expected to be in full swing before summer.
Richard B. Cooke, homeownership sustainability coordinator, will oversee the program. Described as “Home Support for Seniors,” the home repair program is targeted at mobility, accessibility and energy efficiency improvements that enable senior residents to continue to live in their own homes longer and to be able to maintain their independence. Eligibility is based on age, income guidelines, homeownership and up-to-date tax and mortgage payments.
“This is a wonderful addition to all the other programs that Morris Habitat has established,” said Cooke. For more information, call 845-797-2213 or visit www.morrishabitat.org.

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