Great things come in small packages, and there is perhaps no better example of that than the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Home Repair for the Elderly Program (HREP). HREP provides minor home repairs and/or accessibility modifications to eligible low- and moderate-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, helping residents protect and maintain their homes and their independence.
HREP provides skilled labor and up to $1,000 in material costs to complete small handyman-sized projects for qualified homeowners. Typical services include minor electrical and plumbing repair; window and door repair; downspout and gutter repair; installation of grab bars, railings, and other accessibility devices; and more. Last year, working safely around the limitations and hazards of COVID-19, the FCRHA completed 166 projects serving 96 households. One Falls Church resident shared her experience:
“I am a retired, permanently disabled senior citizen, living alone on a fixed income. I live in the house that I grew up in that was built in 1954. My home needed many repairs, and I did not have the money to pay for them or the ability to do them myself. I was very frightened that my home was falling apart and couldn’t do anything about it. This program is a godsend and has enabled me to remain in my home.”
HREP is a FREE program for eligible applicants. For more information, visit the HREP website or call us at 703-246-5179, TTY 711.