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Home safety improvements: What type of funding could you get?

by Ted Stumpf 09/03/2023

Making upgrades to your home can improve its safety, but these types of upgrades aren't always cheap. If you're avoiding these upgrades due to the cost, keep in mind funding options are available. These funding options can make some projects more affordable.

Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program is available for households with incomes below a certain threshold. This program provides services to help improve their home's energy efficiency and safety regarding heating, cooling and electrical usage. This program can also be used to replace older, less efficient and potentially unsafe appliances with new ones.

Home equity loan

A home equity loan lets you use the equity you've built up in your home to pay for home safety improvements. Keep in mind the amount you can borrow depends on how long you've owned your home, since equity builds up over time. You can choose between a lump-sum home equity loan, which typically has a fixed interest rate or a revolving line of credit.

A revolving line of credit allows you to use funds anytime you need it, which is helpful if you're planning to do multiple projects in the near future. This type of home equity loan typically has an adjustable interest rate.

FHA 203K Loan

This type of loan can be used to cover the cost of home repairs needed to improve safety. For example, you might use this loan to replace an old and worn roof or to replace corroded pipes or outdated wiring. You'll need to meet certain requirements to qualify for this type of loan.


Grants are available to help eligible homeowners make safety improvements to their home. Some of these grants include the VA Specially Adapted Housing Grant, HUD Community Development Block Grant Program and HOME Investment Partnerships Program. These grants are only available to those who meet certain requirements, such as income levels. Keep in mind only a limited number of grants are typically available.

Financial assistance for seniors

Some programs provide financial assistance for seniors who need to make upgrades to their home to improve safety. For example, the Area Agencies on Aging offers funding for modifications and repairs for older Americans, which helps ensure seniors can live in safe housing.

About the Author

Ted Stumpf

Ted draws energy and joy from building synergetic relationships with his Clients. Ted's nature is graciously gregarious and persevering; he's honest; and he's been dedicated to a substantial list of clientele throughout his 25 years in the hospitality business and almost two years as a REALTOR. His passion is creating a sincere, successful relationship with people.

Ted grew up in a family of Realtors in central Indiana, earned a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and jumped into all aspects of the restaurant business. His ensuing hospitality career path eventually led him into the Event Management Sales & Service role in hotels and quickly guided him to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally to a luxury resort in the Napa Valley, where he, his husband, and their dog have resided for almost a decade now.  

The irony is not lost on Ted that his ‘growth’ journey has culminated in“living happily ever after” in an agricultural area with a small-town feel and sense of community strikingly reminiscent of his youth…and as a REALTOR nonetheless!