Services For Low-Income Seniors

An elderly man in front of a single-family house

We offer many services for low-income seniors and the disabled to ensure they are living under healthy and safe conditions in their homes. We invite you to look through our programs and services that cater to your needs. If you don’t find what you need, please call our toll-free hotline at     (866) 557-RENT (7368) or visit one of our public counters located throughout LA. 

Handyworker Program

The Handyworker Program provides free Minor Home Repairs for low-income seniors and disabled persons who own and live in a single family home in the City of Los Angeles. This program also helps homeowners and renters install Safety and Security Devices.

The repairs of single family homes are for routine maintenance or minor repairs and improvements that address homeowners’ basic health, safety, and accessibility concerns. The installation of safety and security devices will help prevent crime and accidents in the homes of property owners and renters.

Eligibility requirements for Minor Repairs and Safety and Security Devices are mostly similar. If you are a homeowner, at least 62 years old or have a disability, and a household income that fall within HUD’s Income guidelines(see table below), you are eligible to avail of this program.

Minor Home Repairs

Eligibility for minor home repairs
You are eligible if you are any one of the following:

  • Homeowner, at least 62 years old
  • Homeowner with a disability
  • Live with a disabled family member
  • Household income meets the income limits 
2015 Income Limits
Number of persons in household 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Combined Income $46,500 $53,150 $59,800 $66,400 $71,450 $77,050 $82,350 $87,650

(source: US Department of Housing & Urban Development)

Eligible properties for minor home repairs

  • Single-family property that owner lives in
  • Two-unit property if owner lives in one of the units
  • Condominiums, town homes or co-ops that owner lives in
  • Stationary mobile units that owner lives in (e.g., manufactured homes)

Eligible minor home repairs

  • Safety: smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, quick release for window security bars
  • Earthquake safety: water heater brace, seismic gas shutoff valve
  • Accessibility improvements: wheelchair ramps, wood steps, handrails and grab bars
  • Interior repairs: flooring, minor wall/ceiling, doors, and windows
  • Minor electrical repairs: light fixtures, outlets and switches
  • Minor plumbing repairs/replacement: faucets, toilets and water heater
  • Exterior building repairs: gutters, vents, siding, trim, fascia and stucco patch
  • Exterior repairs: fences, gates, porches, steps and walkways
  • General repairs: interior and exterior painting

Safety and Security Devices Installation

Eligibility for the installation of safety and security devices
You are eligible if you are any one of the following:

  • Homeowner, at least 62 years old
  • Homeowner with a disability
  • Live with a disabled family member
  • Renter, at least 62 years old
  • Renter with a disability
  • Household income meets HUD’s income guidelines


Eligible properties for safety and security devices(source: US Department of Housing & Urban Development)

  • Single-family home that property owner lives in
  • Two-unit property if property owner lives in one of the units
  • Condominiums, town homes or co-ops that property owner lives in
  • Stationary mobile units that property owner lives in (e.g., manufactured homes)
  • Rented apartments or single-family homes

Eligible safety and security device installations

  • Hand held showers, bath/shower seats, toilet seat risers, and grab bars

What kind of repairs can we NOT do?

  • Major electrical, major plumbing, roofing, foundation and retaining walls
  • Landscaping, tree trimming or removal
  • Repair or replacement of furniture, furnishings, appliances
  • Repairs or painting of detached garages
  • Lead abatement, house cleaning, and pest control

How to apply

  1. Collect the following documents:
    • Documents showing your age and disability status: photo ID and SSI letter from the Social Security Administration stating disability status
    • Documents showing your income from all sources: Social Security Administration award letter, Workers Compensation disability statement, pay stubs, rental receipt, dividend income statement, etc.
    • Documents showing your property ownership: property tax bill, trust agreement, co-owner’s death certificate, etc.
    • Documents showing you live in that property: utility bill
  2. Call us at one of the following numbers to find the nearest community partner that can help you with your application:
    • Call (213) 808-8803
    • Call our toll-free hotline at (866) 557-7368
    • For the hearing impaired, call (213) 473-3231 (TTY) 

Once we have located a partnering agency close to you, you can go to the agency’s office in person to submit an application with the documents listed under “How to apply, Step 1)”. Please note we get more applications than we are able to accommodate. There is a waiting list for this service. All work is subject to availability of funds. Program policies are subject to change.