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Aging in Place

Aging in Place Update 06/20/19 –

June 20, 2019 Call-In Application Period Closed

Memphis Habitat received a massive number of calls this morning, June 20, 2019, for the Aging In Place program's call-in application period for Shelby County homeowners ONLY, with the available slots filling up very quickly. (We do serve Fayette County, but we do not currently know when the next Fayette County call-in date will be. Please monitor this website for updates.) As a result, the application period is now closed and we will now begin our call-back process. If you are waiting on a call back for a message you left today, June 20, please be patient. We currently do not know when the next application period will be. We will update the Aging in Place hotline, Habitat website and social media once we determine the next application date.

Click here for a brochure about the Aging In Place program 

As the years wear away on our bodies and homes, maintaining the dream of homeownership can become difficult. If you can’t afford to add grab bars to make your bathroom safe or replace a leaking roof, how can you continue to live safely in the place you’ve called home for so long?

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis’ Aging in Place (AIP) Program serves homeowners age 60 and older in Fayette and Shelby Counties and focuses on accessibility improvements, mobility modifications, weatherization enhancements and critical home repairs that are crucial to help older homeowners live in their own homes longer. Memphis Habitat wants to make continued homeownership for Fayette and Shelby County older homeowners a reality so they can age in place with the comfort and dignity they deserve.

The funding for this project was provided through a grant awarded by the Davidson County Chancery Court, Part III from the SeniorTrust/ElderTrust settlement (Case No. 11-1548-III) and through a contract administered by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. The Aging in Place program receives additional financial support from a variety of sources, including The City of Memphis, Division of Housing and Community Development; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.

The work done for applicants accepted during an application period focuses on critical repairs and accessibility modifications, with other work done as budget allows. There is a tight timeframe for a limited number of applicants to be accepted and work to be completed, so applicants must have all documentation available immediately and will be accepted on a first-come, first-qualified, first-served basis.

Am I eligible?

You may qualify for the AIP Program if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • I own and live in my home full time. 1
  • I own no property other than my home.
  • I am age 60 or older.
  • My home is in Fayette or Shelby County, Tennessee. (Please pay attention to any location restrictions for a specific application date.)
  • The city and county property taxes on my home are current.
  • The mortgage on my home is current and I can show a recent mortgage statement to prove this. (If there is no mortgage on the home, I will sign an affidavit stating there are no liens on the home.)
  • My home needs work that falls within the services and budget of the program.
  • I meet the income guidelines for the program, based on my income and the income of everyone else who lives in my home. (See chart below for specific income ranges.)
  • I have proof of ownership of the property.
  • I can provide documentation to prove identity, age, residency and income for myself and everyone else who lives in my home.2
  • All persons listed on the deed to my home will sign all required documentation.
  • All of my information matches across all documents or I have proof that differing information is correct.3
  1. Rental properties are NOT eligible to receive assistance through this program.
  2. Documents you need to provide might include: a driver’s license or other government issued ID, birth certificate, utility bill, 2 consecutive pay stubs within the past 30 days, mortgage papers, Social Security income statement, retirement/pension and/or bank statements. 
  3. Proof of name change, marriage license, divorce decree, death certificate, etc.

AIP Program Income Limits Chart

# Living in Home Max Gross Household Income
*As of May 2019; subject to HUD AIM guideline changes and other program requirements.
1 $27,720
2 $31,680
3 $35,640
4 $39,540

Who does the work?

Habitat will coordinate the work with trained volunteers and/or home repair companies. All companies will be properly licensed and insured. Project managers will monitor the quality of the work throughout the process to make sure it is up to program standards.  

What kind of work will be done?

Inspectors from Habitat will prepare a list of recommended work. This is simply a list of suggested work and not a guarantee of the final project list. Actual work to be done will be determined only by Habitat based on the program’s budget limitations and the extent of work necessary. The work done for applicants accepted during the application period will focus on critical repairs and accessibility modifications, with other work done as budget allows.

Other work that may be provided includes:

  • Modifications to improve mobility, accessibility and safety, such as grab bars, wheelchair ramps and widened doorways.
  • Weatherization for energy saving purposes, such as fixing broken windows and water leaks.
  • Other modifications as budget allows, possibly including installing grab bars, wheelchair ramps, widened doorways, fixing broken windows, repairing water leaks, electrical repairs and other work that fits within the guidelines of the AIP program.
  • Cosmetic work is NOT covered under this program. This includes, but is not limited to: painting, cabinets, appliances, window treatments/security bars, and repairing trim work.
  • If your home is not a detached, single-family home (example: a condo or mobile home), you may not be eligible for certain services.

What's the cost?

Habitat will pay all costs for materials and AIP work as a GRANT TO YOU, but a restriction will be placed on the deed of your home. You will not have to repay the grant unless you sell or transfer ownership of your home within 5 years after AIP work is completed. If you continue to live in your home for 5 years after work is completed and follow all grant terms, your balance is reduced to ZERO, and you owe nothing. The grant restriction is forgiven at a rate of 20% per year. You will also need to participate in post-project surveying at 2 months, 1 year, and 3 years after work has been completed.

All AIP program clients are required to pay the $17 fee to cover the cost of recording the deed restriction at the Shelby County Register of Deeds ($12 with the Fayette County Register of Deeds). All persons listed on the deed and mortgage must sign the deed restriction, as well as other required documents.

Time in Home AFTER
AIP Work Completed 
Grant Repayment
 Up to 1 year 100%
 1-2 years 80%
 2-3 years 60%
 3-4 years 40%
 4-5 years 20%
 5 years or more ZERO


What happens after work is done?

Project managers from Habitat will do a final inspection to make sure work has been completed properly. When all work has passed final inspection, you will sign a certificate of completion. Habitat will contact you 2 months later to complete a brief survey about your experience with the AIP program. Additional surveys will be conducted 1 year and 3 years after work is completed. These surveys help us improve the program and measure its impact so we can help more senior citizens.

Ready to apply? Click below to learn how!

How to Apply