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Home repair options available for seniors

Home repairs can be expensive and especially difficult to afford for those on fixed incomes. Fortunately, local programs are available to assist seniors and others on limited incomes by offering home repairs at no cost.

The Erie County Community Housing Impact & Preservation (CHIP) home repair program can assist homeowners as well as renters with electrical, plumbing, roof, ADA modifications and other system upgrades, provided at no cost to eligible households. CHIP also offers a home rehabilitation program for more extensive repairs. CHIP is federally funded and administered through WSOS Community Action Commission, which has successfully operated other CHIP programs in other counties since 1994.

“CHIP is helpful for any person who needs a home repair but may not be able to afford one,” WSOS Housing and Energy Director Terry Jacobs said.

Past CHIP jobs have provided handicap-accessible bathtubs and other ADA modifications that can help seniors who have mobility issues.

WSOS also offers help with home energy-efficiency upgrades through its Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP). The program provides insulation and other measures to improve home heating and cooling and reduce utility usage and energy costs. HWAP is also provided at no cost for eligible households.

“Our services help make sure that people can continue to live more comfortably, safely and affordably in their homes,” Jacobs said.

For more information or to apply for repair or weatherization services, visit or call WSOS Community Action Commission at 1-800-775-9767 or 1-419-333-6049.