November 21, 2018
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Comfortably Home Modification Program in Old Town receives Maine Housing grant

Community Author: Laurie Miller
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OLD TOWN — The Housing Authority of the City of Old Town  received a $75,000 grant from Maine Housing to continue their Comfortably Home Modification Program.  Machias Savings Bank also awarded $7,500 to the program and an additional $10,000 recently was received from The Maine Community Foundation. This is a simple home modification program to help elderly and disabled individuals stay in their homes by making high quality home safety improvements.

HACOT is looking for homeowners from Bangor, Glenburn, Hampden, Old Town, Orono, Veazie, Milford, Bradley, Greenbush, Greenfield, Alton, Argyle and Hudson to work with us to correct simple safety issues in and around your home.  There is no cost to the homeowner to participate and most of the work would be completed in one day or less. The process is simple and begins with a homeowner contacting HACOT to discuss their needs with a member of our Comfortably Home team.  A simple assessment of the property will be scheduled at the homeowner’s convenience and will focus on the individual’s needs.  After the assessment, the homeowner will work closely with the Comfortably Home specialists to develop a work plan to address issues found during the home visit and then a time would be scheduled to complete the work.

Typical work items would include smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, grab bars, hand-held shower heads, transfer benches, raised toilet seats, handrails, cleaning dryer vents, changing door knobs, changing faucet knobs to lever handles, adding drawer pulls, and minor repairs to steps and existing ramps.

HACOT is excited to connect housing and health care in innovative ways through this new program. This small investment per home will help to ultimately improve the health and well-being of elderly and disabled individuals in our community.  This is the second year the program has been in existence.  Past participants in the area that have benefited from this program have had less falls, trips to the hospital and feel safe staying in their own homes longer.

To qualify for the program, residents must live in the areas mentioned above, be at least 60 years old or have a disability, own their home or live in a house owned by a family member and have an annual household income of under $39,350 for a single person, $44,950 for two or $50,550 for three. If you meet these qualifications and would like to find out more please contact the Housing Authority at 827-6151.

HACOT has more than 40 years of experience providing housing and maintenance for elderly and disabled individuals.  They currently own or manage 228 units in and around the Old Town area.