Aging in Place – Critical Home Repair

Enabling seniors to age safely, independently, and comfortably in their homes.

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to age with dignity in their own home. By providing affordable home repairs, Aging in Place preserves home ownership and gives low-income older adults the choice of where they grow older. Our skilled construction staff and group of volunteers perform work to alleviate critical health, life, and safety issues for homeowners in need.

At Habitat, we demonstrate our passion and dedication through our actions. We feel elated to have already helped 54 low-income seniors in our community. For each project, our team rigorously follows County safety guidelines to ensure both the volunteers and homeowners’ safety.

Lois P., a more-or-less retired news reporter for several publications had a 76-year-old kitchen in shambles with appliances that did not work, flooring was a tripping hazard, and well for safety’s sake it needed to be gutted and repaired. Lois’s kitchen is now a sparkling safe place to cook her meals with fresh ingredients from her charming and robust garden. Her life transformed. On the last workday Lois treated everyone to tacos from a famous Guerneville food truck to show her appreciation. Mmmm, yummy tacos!

Living on a limited income Joe couldn’t afford to replace his 2 cracked windows and repair his rickety stairs leading up to his home. His caregiver called to see if we could help him. We assessed the conditions of his home and reached out to our reliable team of volunteers to see if they’d like to participate in this critical home repair project. A couple of weeks’ worth the work and Joe now lives in his home safely as he wished. Caregivers are true blessings to the ones they care for.

What a privilege it is to be given the opportunity to serve low-income Seniors in our community. Our objective is to continue addressing individual’s needs holistically and complete person-specific home repairs and modifications – from installing grab bars to building ramps and updating flooring.

(APPLICATIONS CLOSED AT THIS TIME) The application process is lengthy. Please be patient as we try to assist those in need in our community. Thank you.


Examples of critical home repairs:

  • Dry Rot
  • Stairs or deck no longer sturdy
  • Rotted subfloor
  • Water Damage
  • Broken windows

Things we’re unable to do:

  • Mobile home leveling
  • Roof construction
  • Rodent and/or bug extermination

What Are the Requirements for Receiving Service?

  • 62 or over
  • And/or a veteran
  • And/or a person/s with disabilities
  • Own and live in your own your home
  • Own no other property other than your home
  • Your home is in Sonoma County
  • Property taxes are current on your home
  • Mortgage on home is current 
  • Home insurance is current
  • Earn no more than maximum income levels below:

Other Agencies that help with home issues:

  • Disability Services and Legal Center (DSLC)- Home Access Modification Program: 707-636-3074 
    • is locally funded, helps seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities gain, maintain or extend access to their homes that would otherwise be lost due to the hardship associated with a disability. They install ramps and lifts, grab bars, widen doorways, and other modifications to help stay in your home.
  • County of Sonoma- Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program: 707-565-7553 
    • provide financial assistance for owner-occupants in need of repairs on their single-family homes or mobile homes, and owners of rental properties where at least half of the tenants are low-income households. The program provides low-interest loans to eligible property owners throughout the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County. They assist with roofs, plumbing, windows, doors, and other critical home repairs.
  • City of Santa Rosa-Mobilehome Rehabilitation Loans
    • to fund and operate a rehabilitation loan program for low-income mobilehome owners. The object of the program is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low-income mobilehome owners in Santa Rosa through the correction of actual or potential health and safety problems.
  • California Department of Community Services & Development- Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)- 916-576-7109 
    • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. 
  • Bay Grab Bar: Grab bars, transfer poles. 707-509-8222
    • Located in Sonoma County, Bill Essert helps individuals live more safely and independently in their homes. Services include grab bars, transfer poles, handrails, and ramps.
  • PG&E: Medical Baseline Program
    • The Medical Baseline Program is an assistance program for residential customers who depend on power for certain medical needs.
  • Fire Safe Sonoma: Fire Safe Sonoma. 707-676-4600
    • Formed in 1998, Fire Safe Sonoma has been instrumental in helping to educate residents about wildfire prevention and safety, especially through distribution of their publications Living with Fire in Sonoma County and “Ready, Set, Go.” Fire Safe Sonoma acts as a liaison between local communities and agencies, actively seeks grant funding for wildfire related projects, and manages grant programs.