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Home Repair Help for Low Income Families

I am looking for help for my best friend and his mom. His mom is on disability and he is unable to work because he stays home to take care of her. They have a lot of incomplete home projects and the house is almost unlivable. There is no heat, no working stove pipes, they are old, and hot water barely works. I'm trying to seek help for them.


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January 1, 20142 found this helpful
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If they are low income, there is a possibility that they could get help from a state/government organization. It goes by different names in different locations. Here in SD, in some of the towns it is called Opportunities for Independent Living(OIL), the town where I live it is called Independent Living Center. There is also an organization called Adult Services for Aging, their office is usually connected with the Department of Social Services (Welfare Office.)


This mother and son might be better off, if they could get a care giver to go into the home and care for the mother, so the son can work. I do know of several people here in SD that have had home repairs made by the first two organizations I mentioned. Some of these repairs have been in the $10,000 price range.

The only drawback is the people have to stay in the home for a certain number of years afterwards or pay back a certain amount of the cost of repairs. I assume the family has a social worker through the Department of Social Services, that would be the person to talk to about home repairs. That being said sometimes it is time to sell your home as is for whatever you can get and move into an apartment.

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January 3, 20140 found this helpful
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There is most likely an energy assistance program close. We don't know where you live so it's hard to do any research. Here in Salem, OR we have this agency. They do fix ups on even mobile homes, but it sometimes means a wait.


If they are members of a local church, sometimes that is the fastest and easiest resource to get help. Try Habitat for Humanity not for a new home but for resources they have. Craigslist might help too, just because people often know of a need and they just come and help. If all else fails, perhaps a rental would be a nice new start. I hope these have helped.


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August 30, 20160 found this helpful

I live in Petaluma I am on SSI and a cancer patient this last Sunday on August 28 2016 my gas close dryer just tumbles but wont dry and I don't have any money to fix my clothes dryer my SSI money goes for my rent and the rest goes for my golden gate transit bus to see my cancer doctor in san Francisco at uc hospital many times I don't have money to buy food or bathroom tissue can you please help me fix my close dryer I should mention I live alone and do not have any family at all

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September 24, 20150 found this helpful

My mother needs help with home repairs such as flooring is seperating from walls she has a limited income and she is elderly

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September 24, 20150 found this helpful

My mom needs help asap with home repairs flooring has seperAted from walls .she is elderly and very sick and lives on a limited income

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August 23, 20160 found this helpful

Don't count on any help. I live in NC and there is no help in the community AT ALL. Your churches won't even come out to visit with you if you are disabled. Sorry. Pray.

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October 16, 20160 found this helpful

Here in Jacksonville Florida we have program for low income, elderly, disabled folks

Weatherization program for my county name (Duval). They installed blow in insulation, new Energy Star refrigerator. a bathroom exhaust fan. And solar screen on all my windows that got sun. Oh, and weather stripping on doors. Good luck

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December 19, 20160 found this helpful

I'm on disability and single ! And I have a home that's over 20 years old and have alot of unfinished projects but what I'm really concerned about is my furnace and humidifier that just stopped working on me ! I desperately need help .

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March 19, 20170 found this helpful

Call 211 they may be off assistance w programs in your community

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