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Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS)

The Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS) program provides safety, security and accessibility improvements that help senior citizens to remain in their homes. Repair types are limited to minor repairs that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Grab bars
  • Lever faucets
  • Door repairs
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Smoke detectors
  • Wheelchair ramps

SARFS is for Chicago seniors who earn no more than 80 percent of the area's medium income and are at least 60 years of age. Qualified recipients may be owners or renters residing in a one- to four-unit building (a renter must have permission from the landlord and the landlord needs to certify that he or she will not increase the rent as a direct result of SARFS improvements).

Delegate agencies, under contract to the Department of Planning and Development are available to assist seniors with the following:

  • Application process
  • Make on-site assessments to determine service needs
  • Provide limited home improvements at no cost to the applicant

Residents must provide proof of age, income, and ownership, or owner/agent approval at time of application.

Income Limits

Family Size

80% Median Income*

1

$40,550

2

$46,350

3

$52,150

4

$57,900

5

$62,550

6

$67,200

7

$71,800

8 or more

$76,450

*Income limits are based on a median family income of $72,400 for Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Supporting Information

Department Main Office

Planning and Development