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City of Chicago Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors


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, and 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).

The GADC is Small Accessible Repairs For Seniors (SARFS) delegate agency and is authorized by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to provide enabling devices and limited home improvements at no cost for senior citizens throughout Chicago, since 2003. Appointments are necessary. Please call the GADC for a SARFS appointment at 773.483.3696.


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