Smithtown’s senior residents can contact the Town of Smithtown Senior Citizens Department to take advantage of a series of household assistance programs available. The maintenance and repair services provided allow for seniors to save money and maintain independence longer, while utilizing these minor home chore repair services.
“This is an outstanding service for residents. The team of trained professionals are friendly and trusted employees who absolutely love helping our senior community. If you are looking after a parent or you yourself have a few chores around the house you need taken care of, I would encourage you to call the Senior Center and schedule a service call.” – Supervisor Ed Wehrheim
The Residential Repair Program and Senior Citizen Home Maintenance Program (SCHMP) provide household assistance for tasks that do not require the skills of a licensed craftsman. The Town of Smithtown employs a crew of experienced maintenance personnel who can provide a variety of minor home repair services to Senior Citizens.
Services provided include:
-Added safety measures, such as installing smoke detectors, door and window locks.
-Electrical work, such as replacing light switches or fuses.
-Plumbing, such as replacing faucets or repairing toilet tanks.
-Carpentry work, such as installing shelves and handrails.
Town of Smithtown residents are eligible for the Residential Repair Program if they are homeowners or renters aged 60 and over. There are no labor fees for this program, however clients must provide or pay for the materials required per job. Funding for this program is provided by the New York State Office for the Aging, the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, and the Town of Smithtown.
For the SCHMP service, residents must provide proof of ownership of their home and be aged 62 and over. This is an income eligible program requiring a brief in-home assessment. There is no cost to the homeowner for this program. Funding for this program is provided by a federal grant from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Town of Smithtown.
Service Popularity Among Residents:
From April of 2018 to July of 2019:
Over 180 unduplicated clients were serviced for minor SCHMP repairs
Over 1,500 clients were serviced for Residential Repair issues
Residents can call the Senior Center for further information regarding this and other senior programs at 631-360-7616. Jobs will be serviced in the order they are received, however jobs requesting installation of safety equipment will be given first priority.