Home Repair Services

Providing help with home repairs and maintenance for low-income seniors in the Atlanta area.

Through our Home Repair Services program, we work to ensure our senior clients’ homes are safe, warm and dry. Our skilled technicians complete repair and maintenance tasks on both the interior and exterior of homes, with the goal of allowing senior homeowners to maintain their independence and continue living at home as they age.

How We Can Help

Home Repair Services focuses primarily on minor repairs to areas occupied and utilized by the senior so that each senior has safe and usable access to spaces such as the bathroom, kitchen, living and sleeping areas.

Typical projects include installing ADA compliant toilets, replacing faucets, replacing light fixtures and installing grab bars. Larger project are also done for clients eligible for additional grants.

How It Works

We accept applications from eligible low-income seniors who are in need of home repairs. After a home assessment, our team works to provide services to make our clients home safer.

We partner with the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, the Home Depot Foundation, and a mix of other generous people and organizations to provide low-income seniors with home repairs and maintenance.

Who we serve

  • Around 350 houses a year.
  • Low-income adults who are 55 or older with the average being 73 years old.
  • 91% of Home Repair clients are women and the majority are either single or widowed.
  • Annual incomes of Home Repair Services clients, mostly fixed, are very low to extremely low, averaging monthly income around $1,143.

Why it Matters

Home repair is important to homeowners because it:

  • Ensures seniors are living in safe and well maintained homes.
  • Prevents seniors from being displaced from their homes and being forced into transitional housing or shelters.
  • Protects families’ financial investments.
  • Restores the homeowners’ dignity and pride of homeownership.

Home repair is important to communities because it:

  • Inspires neighborhood inhabitants to reinvest in their communities.
  • Revitalizes neighborhoods.
  • Helps keep houses compliant with city codes.

Do You Qualify?

  • Must be 50, 55 or 62 or older depending on the program.
  • Home must be located within Fulton County, City of Atlanta, or be a Military Veteran residing in the 11 county metropolitan Atlanta area.
  • Applicant must own home and occupy it as their primary residence.
  • Must have homeowner’s insurance and keep the property insured against loss or damage.
  • Must meet the income guidelines.
  • Necessary repairs must fit within the scope of service offered by MOWA.

*Additional qualifications may apply – please contact the Home Repair Team with questions.

Veteran Home Repair Services

We are currently accepting applications for FREE home repairs for U.S. Armed Forces veterans age 50 and older. Our Veteran Home Repair Program is funded largely through The Home Depot Foundation.

  • Must be a veteran (DD214 form required)
  • Applicant must own home and occupy it as their primary residence
  • Must have homeowner’s insurance and keep the property insured against loss or damage
  • Necessary repairs must fit within the scope of service offered by Meals On Wheels Atlanta

How to Apply

If you think you meet the qualifications, follow the steps to apply for Meals On Wheels home repair program.

Step 1

Call 404-351-3889 or email senior360@mealsonwheelsatlanta.org to speak to the Home Repair Team.

Step 2

An application will be sent out in the mail with instructions on gathering required documents. A completed packet will then be mailed back to Meals on Wheels Atlanta.

Address:
1705 Commerce Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Step 3

If you are eligible for the program, you will be places on a waitlist (current wait time up to one year).

Step 4

When application is pulled from waitlist a construction assessment will be scheduled to determine the scope of the work that can be done on the home.

Step 5

Once the assessment is complete it is reviewed by the Home Repair Services Director who will determine which repairs can be completed.

Do You Qualify?

  • You must be 50, 55 or 62 or older depending on the program.
  • Your home must be located within Fulton County, City of Atlanta, or be a Military Veteran residing in an 11 county metropolitan area.
  • Applicant must own home and occupy it as their primary residence.
  • You must have homeowner’s insurance and keep the property insured against loss or damage.
  • You must meet the income guidelines.
  • The necessary repairs must fit within the scope of service offered by MOWA.

*Additional qualifications may apply – please contact the Home Repair Team with questions.

FAQ

What type of services does your program offer?

  • The HRS department focuses primarily on minor repairs which may include repairs such as (partial list): installing ADA compliant toilets, replacing faucets, replacing light fixtures and installing grab bars.
  • Approved repairs are focused on the living area occupied and utilized by the senior client with the goal that each senior has safe and usable access to bathroom, kitchen, living and sleeping areas. Thus, in most cases if a client has more than one bathroom, repairs will only be made to the primary bathroom used by the senior client and multiple toilets, faucets, etc. will not be provided.
  • On occasion, and depending on funding availability and funder underwriting guidelines, the HRS may complete more moderate or major repairs on a case-by-case basis under our Military Veteran program and City of Atlanta programs.

Is there anything MOWA Home Repair does NOT work on?

  • Yes. Cosmetic, repairs made to renovate the property, or repairs to the portion of the home that may be occupied by other family members are ineligible through this program. As well the HRS department does not currently provide the following repairs (partial list): roofing, painting, foundation work, major structural repairs, appliance repair, window, ramps, replacement / repair or maintenance of outbuildings, garages or carports, repairs to fences, floor coverings or the cutting of trees.
  • It is important to note that as funding sources and funder guidelines change the repair list and service availability is subject to change.
  • No repairs will be made to rental properties.
  • Meals on Wheels Atlanta reserves the right to disallow other projects costs deemed nonessential to furthering the purpose of the project.

What is the status of my application? Where am I on the list?

  • After submitting all required documentation client will be placed on a waitlist which may take a year or more to come off of. To check the status of your application please call: 404-351-3889 ext. 24.

How long does it take to receive services?.

  • Depending on the extent of the waiting list clients may have to wait a year or more to receive service.

What are the requirements to receive home repairs?

  • You must be 50, 55 or 62 or older depending on the program.
  • The home must be an owner-occupied, single-family house, and is your primary residence.
  • The home must be located within Fulton County, Atlanta City, or be a Military Veteran with a DD 214 form.
  • You must have homeowner’s insurance and keep the property insured against loss or damage.
  • The necessary repairs must fit within the scope of service offered by MOWA.
  • You must meet income guidelines which vary depending on the program.

Do I qualify for the Meals program?

  • To find out more about our meal program please contact Tenille Johnson, Intake Coordinator/Case Manager at 404.351.3889 ext. 303.

What if I don’t have homeowners insurance?

  • Homeowners insurance is required. However, applicant can still submit an application and will be placed as pending until homeowners insurance is obtained.

Can I apply for assistance more than once?

  • Once service is received clients are not eligible to apply for additional services for 3 years after receiving initial service.

Are there home repairs in other counties outside of Fulton?

  • Yes, for qualified veterans and City of Atlanta (Dekalb County) residents. Please call to see if you qualify.

Is there a fee for repairs?

  • No.

What if I’m disabled but not the age, to qualify for the program?

  • At this time MOWA only works with seniors but please see resources list.

Do you offer emergency services?

  • No. However, MOWA prioritizes clients with emergency needs for heating, water, and electricity.

Do you offer yard work other than one time per service?

  • No.

If I don’t qualify; who can I call for additional resources?

  • We recommend you call (404)527-7200 OR #211. This hot-line offers information on resources specific to your location.

Application for admission into our program