Habitat For Humanity DeKalb was recently awarded $39,600 of grant funding by Lowe’s to support our Aging In Place Program that seeks to help older adults age at home and in communities of their choice. With this funding, Habitat can continue fulfilling its mission to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope by providing critical home repairs and modifications for older adults in DeKalb County.
“Habitat For Humanity DeKalb is pleased to receive this grant award and put it towards our Aging In Place Program to create meaningful impact for older adults who need modifications on their homes such as installing grab bars, walk-in showers, wheelchair accessible ramps, and wider doorways, or need critical repairs such as new roofing, siding, flooring, plumbing, and electrical maintenance,” said Sharon Steele, Executive Director at DeKalb Habitat. “Often times as older adults’ abilities change, completing home repair and maintenance tasks become increasingly difficult. “
According to a study done by AARP, over 76% of older adults want to remain in their homes as they get older. Their homes hold precious memories and provide a strong sense of security and comfort for them. This program aims to remove any barriers that prevent older adults from living safely and comfortably in their homes, support their need for independence, and improve their quality of life.
At Habitat For Humanity DeKalb, we are seeing firsthand the urgent need to provide services in DeKalb County. We have nearly 400 older adults on our waitlist who are in need critical home repairs and modifications! We believe our work will have a significant impact on unsafe living conditions for adults over the age of 65. By supporting Habitat, you can help more older adults achieve safe, decent housing and better health outcomes.