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Harpswell Aging at Home New Resources - Contractor Referral List and Home Repairs Team

Harpswell Aging at Home (HAH) is a community organization helping older adults address the challenges of aging at home. HAH's overall goal is helping older adults find the services they need. The article describes two new community resources available to Harpswell Residents.

HEADLINE: Harpswell Aging at Home Contractor Referral List and Home Repairs Team


Have you ever needed a reliable contractor to fix a leaking pipe, a crumbling walk, an electrical fault, etc., but didn't know who to hire?  Many Harpswell residents over 60 live in older homes, with 77% of homeowners in homes constructed 25—54 years ago, or more.  In the Harpswell Aging at Home (HAH) community survey, two-thirds of the respondents identified routine home repair and maintenance as top concerns. 

To help with the challenge of home maintenance, HAH's Home Repairs Committee developed a referral list of trusted, reliable, local contractors and services based on the positive experiences of HAH volunteers and Harpswell residents who had hired them.  The list is based on quality performance for one or more of the contributors to the list.  However, the consumer is always responsible to screen the contractor to decide if he/she is right for you.

Do you want to stay in your home as you get older and need home repair work that you’re unable to do and can’t afford to have done?  Many residents in Harpswell would answer yes.  Older residents tend to be more economically vulnerable, with more than one-third of Harpswell residents having difficulty meeting basic expenses.  To address this need, HAH formed an all-volunteer home repairs team and partnered with Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers to do a five-project home repairs pilot in Harpswell.  This pilot is modeled on the Community Aging in Place (CAP) Program -- a partnership between Bath Housing and Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers.  Funding for the CAP Program and this pilot come from a John T. Gorman Foundation grant. The Town of Harpswell has partnered with HAH to do the initial determination of income eligibility.  If you need home repair work done and would like to be a part of this pilot project, call Linda Strickland at the Town Office at 207-833-5771.  

 

Harpswell Aging at Home (HAH) is a community organization helping older adults address the challenges of aging at home. Our overall goal is helping older adults find the services they need.

 

If you are interested in becoming part of the home repairs team or would like a copy of the HAH Contractor Referral List, call Bob Bauman at 207-844-8116 or email hah.maine@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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