Home repair for someone who doesn't have the funds

I know someone who has two disabled family members and lives in Passaic County, New Jersey. His house is falling apart. He has a leaky slate roof which caused damage to plaster. He also needs to repair a chimney. Lastly, his mother is physically disabled but the bathrooms aren't wheelchair accessable.
Where could one turn? Your consideration is appreciated.
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Check with the Passaic County government main information number and find out which County office or department manages either (1) housing and services for persons with disabilities, or (2) social service programs for elderly/disabled persons, or (3) the County's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding program. I'd recommend you try the CDBG progam first -- CDBG funds are awarded to local juridictions by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to improve housing and related services in low- and moderate-income communities and for persons with disabilities. Some jurisdictions, like where I live in Alexandria, VA, use CDBG and other community development funds to assist disabled renters and homeowners to make home repairs and accessibility modifications.
I hope this is helpful for you. If you need any additional information, you can respond to this post by e-mail; just make sure you get rid of the spam filter in my return address. :-)
Cheers!
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Ask your friendliest (or neediest) politician if they have something like New Orleans' "Christmas in October"--this is the sort of situation they handle. To give the knife an extra twist, you might want to start with , "I know New Orleans is a political mess, but..." (Sad but true, and I live here. Getting better sloooooowly.) zemedelec
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New & Improved - N/F John wrote:

Sell the house and buy a handicapped-accessible condo?
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New & Improved - N/F John wrote:

There is a charitable agency in our city that provides this sort of help to seniors. Medicare provides stuff like chair lifts, I believe; outside chance m'care might cover w/c access? If not, welfare department, church, local housing or handicap organizations.
We have a friend in a similar situation. We had roofing trouble at our condo, and got to know the repair guy fairly well because he made a number of callbacks. When our friend mentioned his roof was leaking very badly, we asked the roofer to take a look - with friend's permission - and let us know what the cost for repair would be without disclosing the true price to the friend because we thought we might be able to pay for it if not too expensive. The roofer just took care of the problem for us all, no charge - one heck of a decent guy.
Neighborhoods and towns around us have a "paint day", with volunteers signed up to paint homes for folks who cannot do it themselves; also have cleanup days.
I'd start with local housing and/or welfar authority and ask what they know to be available. If you can afford to help financially, call a couple of contractors and see if you can get some estimates and a break on the price. You never know until you try :o) Good luck.
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Call several local churches.
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I suggest you contact Habitat for Humanity. Pat
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On Sun, 18 Apr 2004 22:30:16 -0400, "New & Improved - N/F John"

Local churches, local disabled support groups or a local realtor. Yes, sometimes the smartest move is to sell and move on.
Jeff
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Jeff Cochran wrote:

Hi, Here in Canada, federal funding is available for certain qualified folks (people like that) for home renovation. Nothing like that down there? Millions spent on pointless war and not a penny to help folks like that? What a pity? And you're gonna reelect Dubya again, right? Tony
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What a true socialist. Believes the government is responsible for everything. Does your chain and collar ever chafe? Do you ever wonder what it's like to be able to make your own choices? Clank your chains once for yes, twice for no.
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Stormin Mormon wrote:

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I've gotta agree. Why spend all that tax revenue helping poor people when you can spend it killing poor people.
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On Sun, 18 Apr 2004 22:30:16 -0400, "New & Improved - N/F John"

It's a real long shot-- but Ty Pennington's new show "Extreme Home Makeover" seems to be focusing on *need* rather than 'who can make the cutest/goofiest/sexiest home video'.
Details on how to apply are at- http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/casting.html
Warning-- If they generally like the way their house is, then this isn't a good idea-- In most of the episodes I've seen they knock most of the old house down. [and send the family off on a weeks vacation-- and refurnish the entire house]
OTOH - the designers don't seem to be as nuts as the ones on 'Trading Spaces' or the other shows my wife likes.
Jim
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The city of Charleston SC has an office that distributes funds for this kind of work. Here it is called Housing and Urban Development. There are several kinds of funds. I know of HOME & CDBG types of funding.
Please let us know how it works out.
Tom Baker
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Look into your local consumer reporter with a local tv "eyewitness news" types. Here in Houston we have sevral of these that hook up people in need with charitable companies and contractors.
Good luck <soapbox>Its hell to be poor and sick. I thank God everyday for my health and my ability to work</soapbox>
chris
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