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Home Safety & Accessibility Program

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The Town of Bucksport in partnership with Hancock County Habitat for Humanity and Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities Coalition (BBHCC) launched a pilot Senior Safety & Accessibility Home Repair Program for Bucksport Bay residents on July 1st, 2023. The Bucksport Town Council approved using $15,000 in AARPA funds for 2023-2024 to purchase materials and support home safety and accessibility. This one-year pilot program aims to complete basic home repair projects (between $500 - $1,000) that improve safety and accessibility for residents age 60 or over who reside in Bucksport, meet income eligibility requirements, and go through a successful site assessment by the Habitat for Humanity Construction Manager. 

As of February, 2024, the Pilot Project has completed around 10 projects and hopes to complete another 10 before June, 2024.

Below are the eligibility requirements:


Home Safety & Accessibility Program Eligibility Requirements - As of 6/15/23


  • Live in Bucksport

  • 60 years old or older

  • Owns their home or lives in a home owned by someone in their family

  • Has an annual household income under the following limits (80 percent of the Area Median Income for Hancock County)

  • $47,600 for household of one

  • $54,400 for two

  • $61,200 for three

  • $68,000 for four

  • $73,450 for five

  • $78,900 for six

  • $84,350 for seven

  • $89,800 for eight

  • Does not have their own home for sale

  • Does not intend to put their home up for sale for at least two years

  • Does not rent out their home; or if so, rents it out less than 60 days per year

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Home Repair

Maine Housing's Home Accessibility and Repair Program provides help to low-income homeowners who cannot afford necessary home repairs in the form of a grant. 

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Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants, United States

What does this program do? 
Also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program, this provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards.

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How to Hire a Home Improvement Contractor

Here's the homework you need to do before letting someone work on your home

COMING SOON: "Age and Ability-Friendly Bucksport in partnership with the Town of Bucksport, University of Maine Fellow program and the Village, local non-profit, have received a grant from Lifelong Communities of Maine to create a Home Repair Resource Guide. This resource will be available in 2024.

Town launches pilot program to support senior residents
"We're so grateful that so many resources came together to make this happen. We want to serve at least 20 projects within the next year,” said Vanessa Newman, consultant for Bucksport Bay Healthy Community Coalition. “This is the pilot program so the more people that are excited about it the more we can continue it."
Fox Bangor News, July 3, 2023

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