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
- Aging In Place
- Weatherization/Energy Efficiency
- Home & Fire Safety
Safe At Home Terminology
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.
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.
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