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How to apply for senior home repair

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We work with partner agencies to offer home repair loans to seniors. 

Step
1

Learn about the program

The Boston Home Center works with several neighborhood agencies that will assist you with applying for minor to larger repairs for your home.  We offer zero percent-interest (0%), deferred loans for older homeowners.  

You can use the loans to make many types of repairs, including:

  • replacing a heating system, porch, or roof
  • fixing a broken window or stair tread
  • updating a bathroom or kitchen
  • painting the outside of your house, or
  • other repairs that make your home more habitable.
Step
2

Contact your neighborhood agency

Your local agency will come to your house and help you find out what type of repairs you need. They will also help you apply to the City's Senior Home Repair Program. The Boston Home Center will help estimate the cost of your repairs and prioritize emergency repairs needed.

Here’s a list of agencies we work with, based on neighborhood:

AGENCY

NEIGHBORHOOD

Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC)

Address: 434 Jamaicaway 
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 

Contact: Kim Pressey, 617-524-2555

Allston-Brighton, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and West Roxbury

Kit Clark Senior Center

Address: 1500 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA 02122

Contact: Leo Moss, 617-533-9141

Dorchester (02122, 02124, 02125), and South Boston

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)

Address: 143 Border St., Boston, MA 02128

Contact: Anthony D’Andrea, 617-418-8265

Charlestown, East Boston North End, and West End

Tenants Development Corporation (TDC)

Address: 566 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02118

Contact: Maria DePina, 857-362-0287

Back Bay, Dorchester (02121), Fenway, Roxbury, and South End

Step
3

Mail us your application

Complete the application for Senior Home Repair

Your agency can help you complete the application and gather the documents needed for the City to verify your program eligibility. This application is also available in Español, Português, 中文, Français, Kriolu Kabuverdianu, Kreyòl ayisyen, Soomaali, русский, Tiếng Việt, or عربى

They'll let you know what other documents you need to fill out and will send your completed application to:

The Boston Home Center
43 Hawkins Street
Boston, MA 02114

Step
4

Check on your application

To find out the status of your application, you can call us at the Boston Home Center at 617-635-HOME (4663).

Step
5

Complete your project and pay your loan

Your neighborhood agency will help you through the loan process. Once you get funding, the Boston Home Center will set up the work on your home.  We will help you until the job is finished.

You have to pay us back based on the terms of the loan. You must pay the loan in full if you move, sell, refinance, or transfer the title of your home.

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