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Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. It includes:

  • low-cost and simple changes to the home (removing hazards such as clutter, throw rugs; moving furnishings; and changing where activities occur (e.g., sleeping on the first instead of second floor);
  • adding special features or assistive devices such as grab bars;
  • extensive renovations (e.g., installing a roll-in shower and ramps); and
  • repairs such as improved wiring to eliminate the need for dangerous extension cords or fixing loose stair treads to improve safety.
Where to Get Help:

Depending on the extent of the modifications, there are several ways to modify and repair your home. You can: 1) do it yourself, or get a friend or relative to help; 2) hire a building professional (handyworker, remodeler, or contractor) and/or health care professional such as an occupational therapist to advise you on changes; or 3) contact a home modification and repair program or business that can advise you on funding, assessing your home, and product advisement.

In addition to the resources listed in our Directory below, services may be located through your:


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Also, consider taking these steps:
  • Get recommendations from friends who have had similar projects completed.
  • Hire a licensed and bonded professional.
  • Be specific about changes you wish to make in advance.
  • Ask for a written agreement with only a small down payment. Make the final payment only after the project is completed.
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau regarding the professional's reliability and performance record.

Resource Listings:

Resources listed on www.homemods.org are provided solely as a convenience for users of the site. They do not indicate endorsement of any services, and www.homemods.org shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information.

The web site www.homemods.org, a university-based and non-profit effort, provides an opportunity for home modification service and product providers to place a web site link and information for consumers and professionals. A reciprocal link to www.homemods.org is requested but not required.

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Athens

CASA of Limestone Count

Deborah McNeil- Director
P.O. Box 783 Athens, AL 35612
256-232-5757
256-233-6466
Casaoflimestoneco@yahoo.com
1979
60+ or homebound of any age.
90%
400
1
Ramps
Yes
Director
Yes
Donations, United Way, churches, aid from State of Alabama.

* Volunteer based

* Services Limestone County; Cost to client is free.

Construction for post accident victims

Birmingham

Alabama Head Injury Foundation

John Gillum

3600 S. 8th Avenue

Birmingham, AL 35222

205-328-3505

Head/spinal injury; low income, and substandard housing.

50

1

Holes in floors, plumbing, widening doors, and ramps.

Director, Housing Coordinator, or Resource Coordinator.

Trust Funds

Assessment type continued:
Application materials filled out; client states what they need then clients find their own contractors.

Waiting list is 400.

Statewide non-profit organization.

Construction for post-accident victims.

 

Home Modification Program

Daniel G. Kessler

206 13th St. S.

Birmingham, AL 35233

205-251-2223

205-251-0605

dgkessle@bellsouth.net

1

70

All Ages

700 +

1992

$200,000

City of Birmingham Community Development

Yes

Yes

 


Ft. Payne

CASA of Dekalb County

Jonnie Justice

Director

310 14th St N. W.
Ft. Payne, AL 35967

256-845-9021

256-845-9021

Elderly, homebound, and disabled.

80%

2,000

2 Paid staff and Volunteers

Ramps, and guard barriers.

Standardized forms; functional ability.

Volunteers; director.

$52,000

* Fundraisers and
* United Givers fund.

* Provides means to help pay.
* Provide supplies needed.

 


Guntersville

CASA of Marshall County

Vickie McWhorter-Walker

Director

1321 Gunter Avenue
Guntersville, AL

256-582-2963

256-582-2922

55+ homebound disabled people.

90%

2,000

3

Ramps, guard rails, and home weatherization.

Form from AARP.

Director; volunteers.

For volunteers, yes.

* $25,000(United Way)
* $6,900(Other).

State and private organizations

 


 

Hayneville

Willow Non-Profit Housing

200a N. Commerce St.
Hayneville, AL 36040

334-548-2191

334-548-2576

willowa@the.net.net

Rural Elderly Enhancement Program

1988

Under 25,000

30-35%

6

Completion of applications for families.

Functional

Provides counseling.

$90,000

Department of Labor

Provide assistance to low-income families for affordable housing.


Huntsville

CASA of Madison County

Ann Anderson

Director

2200 Drake Ave.
Huntsville, AL 35805

256-880-0603

256-880-4883

casahasv@hiwaay.net

http://casamadisoncty.org/

1980

Elderly and homebound (disabled).

75%

7,000

4

Grab bars, ramps, weatherization, smoke alarms.

Form for weatherizations only.

Volunteers

Individual donations

Services are free.

Modifications

 


Montgomery

Central Alabama Aging Consortium

Marsha O'Fallon

818 S. Perry St., Suite 1
Montgomery, AL 36104

334-240-4666

334-240-4681

mofallon@coa.state.al.us

Elderly

100%

10

Widening doors, ramps and miscellaneous.

Care Manager

Medicaid; funds pay for contracts, clients pay donations.

Provide mainly funding, limited to $150 a person but will attempt to do the job if necessary.

Helps seniors over age 60 by making homes more accessible.

Client pays for materials.


Christmas in April

 Joseph Decker III

Executive Director

P.O. Box 4762
123 Julia St.
Montgomery, AL 36104

334-262-9969

334-832-9314

cinamount@juno.com

1988

Low income, elderly, disabled homeowners.

80%

1

Roofs for low income people; grab bars for disabled.

House evaluation checklist.

Work with high school student volunteers.

$300,000

CDBG money from government.

Money from fundraisers is used to buy extra materials and hire plumbers.

Continued from assessment person:
House selection committee visits homeowner.


Division of Rehabilitation and Homebound Services

Ted Bridger

2129 East South Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36111

334-613-3480

1976

All ages.

30%

24

Provides information.

$600,000

Federal funds


 

STAR
ALABAMA STATEWIDE TECHNOLOGY ACCESS AND RESPONSE PROJECT (STAR) SYSTEM FOR ALABAMIANS WITH DISABILITIES

Ted Bridges, Project Director

2125 East South Boulevard, P.O. Box 20752 Montgomery, AL 36120-0752

(334) 613-3480, (800) STAR656 (In-State), (334) 613-3519(TDD)

(334) 613-3485

tbridges@rehab.state.al.us

http://www.rehab.alabama.gov/individuals-and-families/star

 


Title III OAA

Derek Lee

Human Services Planner

P.O. Box 301851
Montgomery, AL 36130

334-242-5743

334-242-5594

ageline@adss.state.al.us

http://acdd.org/alabama-department-of-senior-services-adss/

Department of Senior Services

1970's

60+ with disability

100%

3

Grab bars and ramps.

AAA people

OAA funds

Free

Minor home repairs.

 


Scottsboro

CASA of Jackson County

Beverly Waldrop

250 S. Broad St.
Scottsboro, AL 35768

256-259-3736

256-259-3182

jbwaldro@hiwaay.net

The elderly.

80%

None served

2

Ramp building and grab bars.

Observation of environment

Director; volunteer carpenters.

$50,000

* Fundraising locally
* Public donations
* United Givers Fund

Services: transportation, housekeeping, home repair, etc.

Miscellaneous


South Birmingham

HOME FIX-IT PROGRAM

Ralph L. Holzman, Manager

2601 Highland Avenue, South Birmingham,
Alabama 35205

(205) 325-1416

Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizens' Activities (AAA)

1986

Older homeowners

100%

120

1 full-time

Plumbing, Carpentry, Painting, Electrical, Yardwork

Functional/environmental

Handyman, Social worker

Yes

$9,000

Title III - Older Americans Act, Client payments

Commissions older workers to perform modifications/repairs in return for full payment for materials and services, except for a client service fee.

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