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What is it?

A pilot program to provide housing modifcations to island homeowners 65 years and older. It is sponsored by HAMV in partnership with the Martha's Vineyard Building Association, funded by local organizations and donations.

Who can participate in this program?

Any homeowner 65 years and older with a referral.

How much does it cost to participate?

Participants will pay on a sliding fee scale, based on income qualification. In some cases, the total cost of the home safety modification will be covered.

The HAMV Home Safety Modification Program is still going strong! Our 2020 survey let us know that Older Adults on island want to age in place. We are working hard to help you meet that goal. If you want a consultation for involvement in the Home Safety Modification Program, call your local COA.

Watch this video to learn more!

What are the pilot program benefits?

  • Comprehensive (we conduct a home audit and provide the solution)

  • Low-cost, High-Impact (we specialize in one-time, minimally disruptive but high impact minor home improvements)

  • Individualized (assessment is conducted from the homeowner's perspective and offers personalized home modification solutions customized to daily routines, needs and preferences

How can I learn more?

Call your COA for more information and an application.

  • Edgartown: 508-627-4368

  • Oak Bluffs: 508-693-4509 ext 3

  • Tisbury: 508-696-4205

  • Up-Island: 508-693-2896

Hear from a satisfied Home Safety Client about her experience!

Home Safety Testimonials:

"I am very grateful for this program. The generosity of this community is one important reason that my recovery has been as successful as it has been for someone my age."

"It makes it so much easier on the stairs and getting in and out of the shower."

"Now I feel safer living alone in my home. Thank you so much."

"I think it’s a great program. It has been very difficult to find people to do the work since COVID. Thank you, I appreciate the support."

"I was very pleased with Home Safety Modification Program. Thank you."

"The contractors did a terrific job. I’m very pleased and feel safer. I want to help this program in any way that I can."

"Workmen were very polite and thoughtful. I couldn’t be happier with the installations. Thank you for making me aware of this."

"It was wonderful!"

"Totally a great program."

The process was seamless. Everyone involved was wonderful; courteous and went beyond my expectations. I couldn’t be happier.

"Everything was perfect. Jack and the 2 workmen were great, on time, made good suggestions, and brought good materials.  I am so glad I/they did this. Bless this Island!"

"Was very impressed with the entire process. The final product has left me feeling much safer in my home. The workmanship was excellent. Everyone was polite and helpful."

"Uenes did an outstanding job. I feel much safer. My daughter and I have been using the handrails every day."

"I was very pleased with the experience.  They did a great job."

"I could not be more pleased with the modifications. There is an additional entrance (front) that is needed to be looked at please. Thank you. I could not thank you enough."

Home Safety program progress

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The HAMV Home Safety Modification Program has been hard at work, making the island safer for our Older-Adult residents. Currently the program is serving 30+ participants! We are improving our process as we go, and expanding our network of refferal agencies to better serve our residents. More exciting updates to come!

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