Safe at Home

What is Safe At Home

Central to our vision of a safe and healthy home for everyone, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley’s Safe at Home program addresses home repair and maintenance issues that may otherwise present a safety risk or that limit access to or within the home. Prior to all repairs, a qualified staff member will perform an onsite needs-based assessment to identify potential home repair and maintenance tasks primarily focused on, but not limited to:

  • Fall Prevention
  • Accessibility/Mobility
  • Aging In Place
  • Weatherization/Energy Efficiency
  • Home & Fire Safety
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Safe At Home Terminology

Fall Prevention

Environmental factors play a part in approximately half of all falls that occur at home. Sometimes falls can be caused by slipping and tripping hazards, other times a simple routine such as stepping into a house or shower can cause a homeowner life-changing injuries. Incorporating preventative measures such as grab bars or half steps into a persons routine can keep them mobile for many years to come.

Accessibility/Mobility

Many living spaces do not lend to senior and disabled mobility. For many of our homeowners, this is compounded with the fact that they are on a fixed income and unable to make the necessary mobility improvements. Providing a ramp or the widening of a doorway can extend a homeowner’s independence.

Aging In Place

“Aging-in-place”, means remaining in one’s home safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. Incorporating several aging-in-place measures means the reassurance of being able to call a house a “home” for a lifetime.

Weatherization/Energy Efficiency

Simple changes to a door, window or light bulb can make a significant difference for a home’s warmth and heating costs. Our weatherization and energy efficiency services are cost-effective measures that will make an instant difference.

Home and Fire Safety

Over the years, many safety measures are neglected in most homes. Changing a battery in a smoke detector can help avoid loss of life while a motion security light can deter unwanted persons on a homeowner’s property.

Interested homeowners must:

  • Demonstrate a need for safety/accessibility repairs
  • Own a home within our service area
  • Be the primary residence of the applicant(s) and/or qualifying household member(s)
  • Have a household income below 80% AMI (see eligibility chart)
  • Be in good-standing with regards to Mortgage Loans, Property Taxes and Park Manager (for applicants that live in mobile homes) should they apply

To apply for repairs, take a look at our application below and follow along our Application Checklist on our How To Apply Page. If you have questions while filling out your application or need help printing documents, call us at 408-578-9519 or email .

 

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Volunteer For Safe At Home!

Interested in helping keep your neighbors Safe At Home? On the fourth Thursday of every month at 9am, volunteers are invited to join us and work with RTSV staff on a project site to address safety repairs. Click below for more information including our Safe At Home schedule for 2024.