Home Repair for the Elderly Program Helps to Maintain Independence

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After a winter of hibernating in our homes, thousands of us will be spending our upcoming weekends making needed home repairs and maintenance.

But what if you are an older adult just managing to get by, or a person with disabilities?

Those repairs and maintenance still need to get done. To the rescue is our Home Repair for the Elderly Program.

Last year, this county program provided 144 free minor repairs and accessibility modifications to 111 homes.

“The ultimate goal of our home repair program is to ensure that our moderate to low income older adults and people with disabilities can stay in their homes and maintain their independence.” Thomas Fleetwood, director, Department of Housing and Community Development
How it Works

Eligible residents can have our two-man crew do up to one week’s labor with up to $500 in materials. The labor and materials are paid for with county and federal funds. Typical services include:

  • Drywall repairs
  • Minor electrical repair and replacement
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Replacement of door lock sets
  • Installation/replacement of fire and carbon dioxide detection systems
  • Interior and exterior painting
  • Window and door repair
  • Repair of walkways, steps and landings
  • Gutter work
  • Installation of grab bars, railings and other accessibility devices to assist the elderly and disabled
Who is Eligible?
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Several eligibility requirements include:

  • Resident of Fairfax County, owning and residing in the home needing repair
  • Homeowner is 62 years of age or older
  • Homeowner is disabled or has disabled family members
  • Maximum income of $46,750 for 1 person
  • Maximum income of $53,400 for 2 persons
  • Monthly housing expenses must be greater than 25 percent of monthly income
Watch and Learn More

Program Application and Contact Info


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