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Finding Plumbing Repair Assistance for Low Income Homeowners

Having working plumbing is a necessity. However, some families can not afford the cost of hiring a tradesperson to make the necessary repairs. This is a guide about finding plumbing repair assistance for low income homeowners.
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August 2, 2016 Flag

My mother's toilet and shower don't work. She is 81 and living on a low income. She lives in Ft. Worth Texas. My friends want 5k to fix it. Some friends, huh? How can we get this fixed affordably?

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August 2, 20160 found this helpful
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Try this site for repairs:

SENIORS-National Council On Aging (NCOA)

The National Counseling On Aging has a free resource site:

www.BenefitsCheckUp.org

This site is a confidential and free and easy resource service to help people 55 years and older locate and apply for benefits. There are numerous financial assistance programs, both public and private, that can help struggling Seniors trying to make ends meet. The site has information on more than 2000 programs. Many are available to anyone in need who qualify, while others are available only to older adults and can help them retain their independence.

Benefit Types:

Food Assistance, Health Care, Prescription Drugs, Utility Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), low income housing, tax relief, respite care, free legal assistance and many other benefit programs are available.

To use the site, you enter basic information about the person in need-date of birth, zip code, and check boxes for what the person needs assistance with. The site generates a report instantly, listing links to the programs and services that the person may qualify for.

Some assistance programs can be applied for online while other have downloadable form to be printed and mailed, faxed or emailed in, and some require you to contact the program directly.

Benefits Enrollment Center

It is also possible to get help in person at a Benefits Enrollment Center. There are currently 36 centers in 24 states and 12 more will be added in 2016. Visit the online site for locations:

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June 24, 2016 Flag

How can a disabled low income senior get help putting in a new sewer line? I live in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

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June 24, 20160 found this helpful
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Try these sites:

You can try this agency for possible help-scroll down to your state for the correct agency.

http://www.elde  te-resources.htm

https://www.dis  make-accessible/

Also:

https://www.dis  ies-individuals/

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July 31, 2016 Flag

I am a 64 year old senior on disability who needs help. I have a water leak in kitchen that has caused mold under my sink. This has caused the floor to rot. I am on a fixed income. Are there any government programs available for me? This mold is making me sick!

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July 31, 20161 found this helpful

This site for seniors may help you:

SENIORS-National Council On Aging (NCOA)

The National Counseling On Aging has a free resource site:

www.BenefitsCheckUp.org

This site is a confidential and free and easy resource service to help people 55 years and older locate and apply for benefits. There are numerous financial assistance programs, both public and private, that can help struggling Seniors trying to make ends meet. The site has information on more than 2000 programs. Many are available to anyone in need who qualify, while others are available only to older adults and can help them retain their independence.

Benefit Types:

Food Assistance, Health Care, Prescription Drugs, Utility Assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), low income housing, tax relief, respite care, free legal assistance and many other benefit programs are available.

To use the site, you enter basic information about the person in need-date of birth, zip code, and check boxes for what the person needs assistance with. The site generates a report instantly, listing links to the programs and services that the person may qualify for.

Some assistance programs can be applied for online while other have downloadable form to be printed and mailed, faxed or emailed in, and some require you to contact the program directly.

Benefits Enrollment Center

It is also possible to get help in person at a Benefits Enrollment Center. There are currently 36 centers in 24 states and 12 more will be added in 2016. Visit the online site for locations:

www.NCOA.org/centerforbenefits/becs

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August 3, 20160 found this helpful

Where can I go to get a free new roof on my home. My insurance company has denied me twice my roof caved in I have used.all of my finances on repairs the mold is making me sick. Please help.

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August 3, 20160 found this helpful

I am disabled for many years I do own my home but my Windows are leaking the wood I can put my finger through ,also my heater don't work right ,my floor in hall is week where the plywood is no good

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April 14, 2016 Flag

I am a senior who has a water leak that has leaked water onto the sidewalk. The leak is in my yard the city says. I am on fixed income. Where can I find help?

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April 14, 20160 found this helpful
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You can try this agency for possible help-scroll down to your state for the correct agency.

http://www.elde  te-resources.htm

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January 2, 2015 Flag

I am a single mother of two and have a bad sewage leak under my house in need of repair. There is a lot of water under my house that is on the ground. It has caused my floors to rot out that are now caving in in two bedrooms and the kitchen.

It also has allowed mosquitos to breed under my house. They come inside and are biting my family. I am in desperate need of some help for my home and my family. Is there anyone that can help me?

By Michelle W. from Port Allen, LA

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful
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It seems you may be asking for financial "help" from Thrifty community members so undoubtedly you do not realize that most of us are just trying to make ends meet and save a little for repairs when the time comes.

The first question - do you own the house?

If so you can go to all the usual places (mentioned before) and apply for assistance but most likely - if the house is in this much disrepair - you will be informed to find another place to live as you are placing yourself and your children in danger by living under these conditions.

I do not believe you will find anyone that will do this much repair so maybe you should just be asking for housing assistance - ask for information at the same place you applied for your other "entitlements".

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January 2, 20150 found this helpful

The fact that you are a single mother has nothing to do with your need for help. I feel you threw that in for sympathy. Talk to the Department of Social Services and the County Welfare Office in your area and see if they know of any resources. Also, IF you have a pastor talk to her/him. Sometimes they will take up a special offering to help a needy member of the congregation. There might even be members of the congregation that can do the repairs and/or donate whatever supplies are needed. Repairs have to be made as soon as they are noticed and before they get really bad.

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January 3, 20150 found this helpful

This federal site may help:

http://answers.  service/USAGov/#!portal/1012/article/2719/Housing-Help-Home-RepairsModifications

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February 28, 2015 Flag

I've been told that I have a hot water slab leak. I'm disabled and live on a fix income. The plumners tell me it's going to cost anywhere from $1000 to $7000 to fix and replace the pipes. I can't afford this cost. Do I have other opions?

By Joe

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March 5, 20150 found this helpful
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First, what is leaking? If you live in a large city their probably is an organization that your local social service would know of that does repairs for seniors or people of limited means. Or call a local church known for community work. They probably can think of something. Call Salvation Army or similar.

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December 28, 2014 Flag

I'm having trouble with my plumbing and winterizing my home. I'm out of water as of now. I'm a one income household. Trying to live on $8.35 a hour. I'm attempting to pay heat, mortgage, electric, and all other bills. Could really use some help.

By Lisa

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July 7, 20150 found this helpful
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I bought a house that needed renovation just to bring it up to safe standards. Our winters get to -30 and the walls were cold. Lucky us the wall finish was wall board which we could pop off and reuse. The old disintegrating insulation was replaced then the wall covered with vapor barrier. We could immediately feel a difference as we worked around the house. That reduced heating costs. You can learn how to solder, call your friends until you find someone willing to teach you. Hubby told me if you think it's hot enough, get it hotter. He was right.

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December 28, 2014 Flag

My septic tank is not working properly. Water is coming up out the ground. I've had it dug up and sucked out 6 months ago, and the company told me it would be at least 10,000 dollars to repair it. I do not have that kind of money; not even a quarter of that amount. I have bad credit, so no one will finance the work for me now. I don't know what to do. I need help very bad.

By Rodney W from Snell Ville, GA

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November 4, 20150 found this helpful
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Rodney, I'm not an expert, but I know a good bit about things such as this. Most likely, all you need is more field line(6"perforated flexible plastic pipe) added to your existing field line. Ask around and find someone who does this type of work, doesn't mind working and getting dirty,and will get the job done. This company is out to rob you; this is a half day job. This shouldn't cost but $1000-$1200. Don't let someone take advantage of you and rip you off!

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October 14, 2014 Flag

I am a 66 year old female with a low fixed income. Currently the hot water faucet in my bathtub is leaking badly. In the past 48 hours the leak has put from one to three inches of warm water into the tub that I have plugged closed. Yesterday, October 12, 2014, I endeavered to do what repairs I could do myself. I purchased a package of replacement gaskets and some tools that I could use for the repair. I was successful in removing the handle, collar, and the 'hex shaped nut' holding the stem in place. Each of the mentioned item were badly covered in chemical crystal from water.
Now came the heartbreaking part. When I tried to pull the stem from the pipe, it wouldn't budge. I phoned a plumbing supply store to ask for assistance in what to do to remove the stem. Their answer was that I would have to use a blow torch to break the item loose.
I have no means to hire a plumber to do that service and know of no person who would be able to do that process. I then replaced the parts that had been removed, recaulked the area and turned the water back on.
Help! Where do I turn? Who can I call? Today, I phoned the water service department in my city and asked for help. Naturally, their answer was 'hire a plumber'. I then asked if it was permitted for me to turn off the water to my house. The answer was that the meter was city property and that I should call them to turn it off for me. As any damage would be my cost if I did it myself.
Any help would be welcome. Can there be a service available for my need?

By E. Brown

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October 15, 20140 found this helpful
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Check with your County Offices - the local Housing Finance Association (HFA) or HUD (Office of Housing and Urban Development) often have low income emergency home repair programs that can help you. You can also check with local churches, senior centers and see if they can connect you with local resources that can help.

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June 3, 2016 Flag

Are there any charitable companies or organizations that would assist us with a sink and toilet backup? We live in the Laurel Maryland area. My sister and I are on limited incomes due to cancer treatments. She with multiple myeloma and I with breast cancer. I have been working on it for over two weeks. It's in the basement where my sleeping quarters are. I could really use the help. Sincerest regards.

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April 11, 2015 Flag

I am a senior citizen living on Social Security only. I believe a pipe under my house has broken and the kitchen sink won't drain. A power snake would not open up the drain and came in contact with regular dirt. My house is built on a cement slab and the cement will have to be busted to do repairs, costing thousands of dollars. Where can I get help?

By Shirley

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February 8, 2015 Flag

I was told there is a sewer lateral defect in my underground plumbing outside of my house that I'm responsible for. I don't have any money. I have tried the H.E.L.P program but was told that I am not eligible. My water has been turned off, because the defect was not fixed. I am a single mother who has been assisting my aunt who passed away in October from cervical cancer. I am just trying to get everthing back together at my house and now this. I really need help.

By Crystal

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November 29, 2014 Flag

I am on disability and for a week I have no drainage in my home. I can't effort any plumber.
How can I get some help? It's an emergency! Where can I look?

By Marta

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