Handy Helpers

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Home repair, accessibility, and safety are constant concerns for many older adults in Orange County. Plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling systems often require maintenance to make sure the home is safe and comfortable. Ramps, grab bars, and railings can enhance your living experience and help you plan to stay in your home for longer. However, it can be both difficult and costly to coordinate and complete these sometimes-necessary home repairs.

Handy Helpers is a volunteer based minor home repair program through the Orange County Department on Aging. Repairs and ramps are completed to code by volunteers, often older adults, throughout Orange County.

  • Residents may submit a home repair request to the Orange County Home Preservation Coalition using the online survey tool or via hardcopy.
  • Residents may contact the Aging Helpline to submit a request at 919-968-2087
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There is no charge for labor through the Handy Helpers program. A large portion of materials for each project is funded by the OCDOA. The amount of funding available is dependent on a sliding scale cost-share model. Requirements for eligibility include: 

  • Must be a homeowner (includes owning a mobile home on rented property)
  • 55+ years old
  • Resident of Orange County
  • Income at or below:
    • Single person income requirement of $56,650 or less
    • Two person income requirement of $64,750 or less

Handy Helpers does not work on projects related to the roof or mold.