The New York RESTORE program, Residential Emergency Services to Offer (Home) Repairs to the Elderly, is an assistance program for low-income, elderly homeowners in the state of New York. This program was designed to eliminate unsafe conditions in the home where the homeowner cannot afford the cost of emergency repairs within a reasonable period of time, as determined by the local program administrator.
The New York RESTORE program covers a variety of repairs, including structural, electrical, plumbing, and heating. “Hazardous” conditions should not be limited to faulty wires and leaky roofs. Measures to improve accessibility, such as grab bars and wheelchair ramps, may also be covered under this program. As can other improvements, such as the replacement of appliances, intended to help the elderly remain living independently and safely in their homes.
The RESTORE program is regulated by the Division of Housing Community Renewal (DHCR) and is administered by non-for-profit organizations and New York municipalities that apply and receive funding from The Housing Trust Fund Corporation. This program is available in all counties of New York.
In order to be eligible for the New York RESTORE program, both individual and home requirements must be met.
At this time, assets are not considered an eligibility factor. Nor is the value of the home.
The benefits outlined in this program are restorations within eligible one to four unit residences. As of 2020, the amount of funding available is capped at $10,000 per residence. Up to 7.5% of the awarded amount may go to cover the cost of administrative fees and an additional 5% may go towards project delivery fees. Home modifications may include the following:
Long Term Care Solutions – these can include a number of modifications and repairs to help ensure home and / or health safety of the applicant such as:
Home Structural Deficiencies – such as:
Each home modification needs to be approved in advance by the program administrators.
The New York RESTORE program is administered by a number of non-for-profit organizations and New York municipalities. To determine RESTORE program administrators in your vicinity, contact the Division of Housing Community Renewal (DHCR) at 1-866-ASK-DHCR (275-3427). Waiting lists may exist.
For additional information on the RESTORE program, click here or download a program administrator manual. While the manual is not meant for a consumer audience, it does contain a lot of information about the RESTORE program.