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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.

Please click on "Fill out the program survey" below to request inclusion in the National Directory of Home Modification Resources.


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Auburn

Community Concept-Auburn

Resource Coordinator

79 Main St.
Auburn, ME 04210

207-795-4065, 207-795-4007

207-645-3270

* Administers Section 8 housing,
* DEAP,
* Electric and phone subsidies
* Emergency/transitional housing
* Self-help housing
* Loan program for small businesses

*Provides outreach programs and other miscellaneous services

 


 

Augusta

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program-Augusta

David Gilpatrick

219 Cony Road
Augusta, ME 04330

207-622-4761 Ext.3(housing)

207-877-8562

Offers:
* Energy assistance
* Home weatherization
* Home repair
* Tax, rent refund programs
* Transportation
* Food assistance
* Other community programs.


Bangor

Eastern Agency on Aging

Deb Chapman

Director of Community Services

450 Essex St.
Bangor, ME 04401

207-941-2865

dchapman@eaaa.org


Belfast

Waldo County Committee for Social Action

PO Box 130
Belfast, ME 04915

207-338-6809

207-338-6812

www.wccsa.org

* Energy assistance
* Home weatherization or repair
* Tax and rent refunds
* Transportation
* US Agriculture Food Distribution.


Brunswick

Neighbors Inc.

Cathy Bagdon

Manager

PO Box 728
Brunswick, ME 04011

207-725-9444

Everyone

In-home case management

* Handle correspondences
* Check houses
* Read aloud
* Forward mail

Liaison


Houlton

Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians-Housing Authority

Phil Quint, Housing Improvement Director

88 Bell Rd
Littleton, ME 04730

207-532-4273

207-532-0972

Everyone

* Administrative services
* Organizes housing improvement and education.

Offers housing assistance and home improvement.


Leeds

 

Rural Community Action Ministry

Ron Dubuc

Housing Director

81 Church Hill Road
Leeds, ME 04263

207-524-5095

rcam98@ctel.net

Low-income, elderly, disabled, and homebound people.

Support

 


Lewiston

Seniorsplus(AAA)

Eloise Moreau

Executive Director

465 Main St.
PO Box 659
Lewiston, ME 4243

207-795-4010

207-795-4009

http://www.seniorsplus.org/

Over 60, and those under 60 that are disabled.

* Community outreach services
* Meals on wheels/Community dining facilities
* Grocery delivery/Nutrition/Social Svcs. for elderly

*Information referral
* Home repair/handy men
* Providing non-Medicaid medical transportation.

 


Milbridge

Washington Hancock Community Agency-Housing Services

Mary Boylan

Division Assistant

Corner of Main and Maple Streets
PO Box 280
Milbridge, ME 04658

207-546-7544

207-546-3216

mboylan@whcacap.org

www.whca.org

Provides and improves the housing stock of the region so that it meets the health and safety of its residents as well as housing quality standards.

Provides energy conservation, home stretch, new and repaired home construction, and home preservation grants.

 

Washington-Hancock Community Action Program

Mary Boylan

Division Assistant

PO Box 280
Milbridge, ME 4658

207-546-7544 ext.325

207-546-3216

mboylan@whcacap.org

www.whcacap.org

Low-income homeowners.

Ramps and grab bars.

Federal grants

* Lead testing
* Small grant for accessibility
* Heating
* Weatherization.

Free

 


Rumford

Community Concepts Inc.-Rumford

100 York Street
Rumford, ME 4276

207-364-3685

* Administers Section 8 housing
* DEAP
* Electric and phone subsidies
* Emergency/transitional housing
* Self-help housing
* Loan program for small businesses, etc.

Housing preservation grants, Medicaid medical, transportation drivers, substance abuse evaluations.


Sanford

York County Community Action Corporation

Marilyn Marlowe

Assistant Director

11 Cottage Street
PO Box 72
Sanford, ME 04073

207-324-5762

207-490-5026

1993

Low-Moderate income as defined by HUD.

75

Roofs, grab bars, and ramps.

Federal, state and private donations.

Eligibility: must fall within federal poverty guidelines for total household income.

Provides advocacy, case management, crisis intervention, hunger prevention, electricity lifeline, housing preservation loans, weatherization, heating systems repair, etc.

Loan pay back, grants are free.

Home repair grant/loan program, referrals.

 

Building Materials Exchange-Sanford

Kathleen Scott

Program Director

148 Main Street
Sanford, ME 04073

207-324-4574

Bank donations.

Helps low-income homeowners to rehabilitate their homes to meet safety, decency, and sanitary standards.

25% retail fee

 


Scarborough

Fix-it Program

Heather Brown

Coordinator

Ken Murray

136 US Route One
Scarborough ME 04074-9055

kmurry@smaaa.org

Southern Maine Agency on Aging

60+

100%

100

Minor home repair, grab bars & the occasional ramp.

Assesses the needs of the client and gives information.

Safety issues; provides information on home modifications.

$20,000

* AoA
* Grants
* Fundraising & Donations

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Skowhegan

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program-Skowhegan

26 Mary St.
Skowhegan, ME 04976

207-474-8487

Offers:
* Energy assistance
* Home weatherization
* Home repair
* Tax
* Rent refund programs
* Transportation
* Food assistance
* Other community programs.

 


South Paris

Community Concepts Inc.-South Paris

Mary Lou St. John

Executive Manager

Market Square; PO Box 278
South Paris, ME 4281

207-743-7716

207-743-6513

mlstjohn@communityconcepts.org

* Administers Section 8 housing
* DEAP
* Electric and phone subsidies
* Emergency/transitional housing
* Self-help housing
* Loan program for small businesses.

Housing preservation grants, Medicaid medical, transportation drivers, substance abuse evaluations.

 


South Portland

ALPHA ONE CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

Denis Pratt, Architect on staff

127 Main St.

South Portland, ME 04106

(207) 767-2189

www.aphaonenow.com

All Maine residents

20%

50 full-time

Entrance access, roll-in shower, kitchen modification

Functional/Environmental

Client
Occupational therapist

Yes

Client payments
Coordinates with Area Agency on Aging
Targets clients statewid

* Conducted a two hour television seminar on accessibility to seven sites in Maine over a university television system

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Wiscasset

PWD CHIME

Steve Hoad
Project Coordinator
P.O. Box 268
Wiscasset, ME 04572
207-882-7552
207-882-4457
psh@ceimaine.org
www.ceimaine.org
People with disabilities and those serving them.
1
This program was developed to coordinate and disseminate information, as well as create access to information and referrals to other programs around the state to assist in home modifications and other housing questions.
Environmental
Coastal Enterprises Inc can provide homeownership education and individual counseling, and is HUD certified.
Grants, donations
$20,500