Everyone deserves the opportunity to age with dignity in their own home and community.
One in three adults age 60+ will suffer a fall at home resulting in injury. Adaptive home modifications and repairs such as grab bars, railings, improved lighting, zero step entries, and wheelchair ramps can greatly reduce or eliminate many of these mishaps and resulting injuries.
Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity works with Pierce County homeowners age 60+ and disabled Veterans of the US Military to create a safe and livable environment where they can age independently in the comfort and stability of their own home by providing both environmental modifications and critical home repairs.
As of November 2022, we are accepting applications for these services only:
- Emergency water heater or furnace/HVAC system replacement
- Emergency accessibility modifications necessary for someone to return home from hospital stay or rehab (e.g. ramp installation or door widening)
If your need is an emergency as described above and you meet ALL of the eligibility requirements below, please complete this emergency need application.
If your need does not qualify as an emergency detailed above, but you meet all eligibility requirements below, please complete our general intake form. Projects from general intake will be assessed on a first-come, first-serve basis as time allows.
We also suggest you check this list of repair resources for other programs that may fit your needs.
To be eligible for a critical home repair under our Aging in Place program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Pierce County resident
- Own and occupy the home
- Age 60+ or a disabled Veteran of the US Military
- Household income below 80% Area Medium Income (see chart below)
- Willingness to partner by helping with the work in some way if physically able (what Habitat calls “sweat equity”) and paying a portion of the repair costs. Repair recipients will be asked to pay 5-30% of the total repair costs. A $100 down payment is required to begin work.
What if I don’t meet the eligibility requirements?
See our Home Repair Resources list for providers, which is broken down by repair type and location. Pierce County Human Services also maintains a comprehensive list of Home Repair Options.
If, after contacting these other resources, you are still unable to get the help you need, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an explanation of your situation and we will attempt to help where we can.
What types of projects does Habitat do?
Environmental Modifications are physical adaptations to a home necessary to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the resident and allow them to function with greater independence. Environmental Modifications include, but are not limited to:
- Access ramps
- Handrails and walkways
- Door widening for wheelchair or walker accessibility
- Minor bathroom modifications for accessibility (e.g., grab bars)
Critical Home Repairs
Critical Home Repairs are essential repairs necessary to ensure the structural integrity and/or ongoing livability of a home. Critical Home Repairs include, but are not limited to:
- Roof, gutter repair/replacement
- Repair of structural defects or damage
- Repair or replacement of HVAC components or hot water heaters
Following are examples of work not covered under Aging in Place:
- Painting (exterior or interior)
- Work on unoccupied structures like garages or sheds
- Landscaping, yard work
- Cosmetic repairs not necessary for health or safety
Habitat is unable to provide these services:
- Sewer/septic repair
- Major plumbing modifications or repair (e.g., tub to shower conversions)
- Major home reconstruction