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Aging in Place

What is Aging in Place?

Aging in Place is a program that partners with people age 65 or older to make improvements to the safety, accessibility or energy efficiency of the home.

Am I eligible?

You may qualify for the program if you meet the following criteria:

  • I am 65 or older, or someone who lives in my home full-time is age 65 or older
  • I own and live in my home full-time (rental properties are not eligible for this program)
  • My home is in Douglas County, MN and I have lived there at least one year
  • My income falls between 30-80% of the median income for Douglas County

What kind of work will be done?

Trained staff and Habitat volunteers will complete the work.

Examples may include:

Safety improvements:

  • Easy-to-see contrast steps
  • Grab bars
  • Non-slip stair treads
  • No-step door threshold
  • Railings in halls and stairs
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Ramps
  • Repair tripping hazards
  • Secure door and window locks
  • Minor lighting improvements: brighter bulbs, wireless controls, add lamps

Mobility modifications:

  • Easy-to-use cabinet pulls
  • Lever-style door handles and faucets
  • Small bathroom modification
  • Widen doorways

Weatherization enhancements:

  • Replace caulking or sealing
  • Weather strips to doors

Additional exterior improvements may include painting, siding, or landscaping.

What is the cost?

Our Aging in Place program is a hand-up not a hand out. Repayment is determined on a sliding scale based on homeowner income to ensure affordability. Pilot program projects have a maximum cost of $5,000.

How do I apply?

Call our office at 320-762-4255 to request an application or click below to download and print the application.