Housing Help: Home Repairs/Modifications

There are several agencies you may contact to learn about help for home improvements:

Search for a local Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office or call the Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Customer Service Center at 1-800-955-2232 for the phone number of your local HUD office.

Search for a local Public Housing Agency (PHA) or call the PIH Customer Service Center at 1-800-955-2232 for your local PHA's phone number.

Search for a local housing counseling agency or call 1-800-569-4287.

Search for a state housing finance agency.

Help may also be available to you if you qualify as one of the following:



Veterans: Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at 1-800-827-1000. TTY users may call 1-800-829-4833.

Senior Citizens: Use the online Eldercare Locator or call the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116.

Citizens with Disabilities: Contact your local vocational rehabilitation service office.

Rural Residents: Contact your local Rural Development (RD) office for information about rural housing grants and loans.

Selecting a Contractor
Home improvements and repairs can cost thousands of dollars and are the subject of frequent complaints. The following information may help when selecting a contractor:

Hiring a Contractor

How to Choose a Contractor

Homeowner's Resources

Borrower's Guide to Home Loans

Before You Dig
Remember, you must call 811, or submit an online request, before you plan to dig anywhere on your property-- even if it is just a small project like planting trees or shrubs.

You should report your plan to dig at least a few days in advance and do not dig until all lines are clearly marked.

Need More Information? Try These Additional Resources:

Before You Dig - Frequently Asked Questions

Mortgage Help and Avoiding Foreclosure

Housing Help: Purchasing

Housing Help: Rent Payments

Housing Help: Resources for People with Disabilities

Housing Resources for Veterans

Housing Help: Resources for Native Americans

State Consumer Protection Offices




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