Home Maintenance and Repair

Pilot Program

The Home Maintenance and Repair (HM&R) pilot project stems from a critical need discovered as part of a feasibility study (2017-2019), an assessment funded by a grant from the Orcas Island Community Foundation. It illuminated the problem that many seniors and adults with disabilities are unable to keep up with home repairs and ranked this higher than health concerns. Today, the problem is compounded because many contractors in the San Juan Islands are currently too busy to take on small projects.

The HM&R Coordinator connects seniors and adults with disabilities with licensed, bonded, and insured contractors to perform maintenance and repair work, allowing them to age safely in their homes. Homeowners will pay the contractors directly for all repairs. In the future, program resources may also include an HM&R Assistance Fund to subsidize home maintenance, repair, and safety modifications for lower-income seniors and adults with disabilities.

For more information about the HM&R pilot program, please contact Ryan Hawkins, Home Maintenance & Repair Coordinator, at homerepair@orcasseniors.org or (360) 643-4419.