HRRC resources for senior homeowners
As homeowners age, they may find it more difficult to make home repairs, perform routine maintenance, and deal with a contractor. The nonprofit Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) initiated its Senior Repair Program to provide senior homeowners, age 62 and older, with personalized assistance in assessing repair needs and contracting repairs.
The program empowers seniors to maintain healthy and safe homes. In the Contracting a Repair class, seniors learn the value of getting more than one estimate, how a well-written specification can save money, and how to set and maintain expectations for contractors to follow.
Other HRRC classes on topics pertinent to seniors include Aging in Place, Emergency Preparedness, and Energy Efficiency.
Participants in the Senior Repair Program can benefit from a 90-minute home inspection to assess and prioritize repair needs and “aging in place” issues, assistance in reviewing contractor estimates, inspections of completed work and special workshops.
The program is a comprehensive housing resource for the region’s aging population. Participants pay a modest program fee. Residents of Cleveland Heights, University Heights and South Euclid who attend one class can receive a 90-minute in-home repair consultation for $25. Residents of other communities can attend a class and receive a 90-minute consultation at the HRRC office for $35. To register for a class or home inspection, contact Wesley Walker, HRRC senior repair specialist, at 216-381-6100, ext. 22, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HRRC’s Senior Repair Program has been made possible through grants from the McGregor Foundation and the United Black Fund.
Allison Urbanek is director of programs at HRRC and enjoys working one-on-one with residents to solve their home repair dilemmas.