Is there financial aid to help with a house remodel?

3 answers | Last updated: Oct 21, 2016
Pangie asked...

my elderly parents live in their home on a reverse mortgage. Looking for financial aid for an oil furnace & installation (currently oil & wood in the basement) very old system & remodeling bathroom to stand up shower & over/under washer & dryer (currently in basement)


Expert Answers

Chris Moore is a certified aging in place specialist (CAPS) and the founder and president of Solid Rock Enterprises, Inc. He is a contractor with more than 24 years of experience in residential construction. He specializes in using the principles of universal design to help seniors age in place in their own homes. He writes a monthly column called Housing Matters on the Senior News website.

There are a number of different entities that help defray costs that vary from state to state and community to community. If either of them is a veteran there is a HISA (Home Improvement and Structural Alteration) grant that will pay up to $4100 for imrovements that increase access to vital areas of the home. You should also check with your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to see what programs they have available. My state (VA) has a tax credit that applies to home improvements that improve access. Many of these programs have been cut back in the last two years with the economy


Community Answers

Momengle answered...

We have several problems. First of all we live in a rental condo. It has two stories and we cannot get up and down the stairs without crawling. We cannot afford to move and the rent amount here is very reasonable but cannot afford to put in a chair lift either. What help is available, if any?


Emily m. answered...

Hi momengle, Thank you for your question. There are some good resources for your question in the answer above by Chris Moore. You can contact your local Area Agency on Aging for more information: https://www.caring.com/local/area-agency-on-aging. I hope that helps! -- Emily | Community Manager