How It Works
HomeFreeHome.org is a group of volunteer Architects who design barrier-free home renovations that allow people to live with greater safety, freedom and dignity. We connect people with disabilities to local volunteer architects to create designs for small-scale construction projects such as; ramps, accessible bathrooms and kitchens.
Who is eligible for free HomeFreeHome services?
Low-income homeowners, particularly elderly, physically challenged and families with children who are not able to afford an architect are eligible for our services, as are the non-profit facilities that serve them.
If your family income exceeds the financial limits you may be eligible for our low-cost architectural services. We use HUD income standards and each application is reviewed on a case by case basis.
Anyone with a permanent physical disability which restricts daily living activities, can apply for HFH services. There is a screening process and unfortunately due to funding limitations we can not serve everyone who applies.
After you contact us, here is how the process works:
- The Application form will assess your individual needs, establish design priorities and evaluate your existing home.
- Fill it out and mail it to us. If you need help completing the form, please call us at 516 883 0403
We will ask you questions and evaluate your needs.
In Home Assessment
- A HomeFreeHome volunteer architect will come to your house, take photographs and assess the feasibility of your home renovation project.
- HomeFreeHome will review your application and contact you when a volunteer architect is available in your area.
After you are assigned to a Volunteer Architect:
Design and Construction Documents
- The Architect will design a schematic plan and discuss construction costs with you.
- The Architect prepares Construction Documents, with detailed information such as – structural components, windows and door size, lighting fixtures, electrical and plumbing plans and written specifications.
Codes and Permits
- meet with building inspection officials, verify code requirements and assist with building permits if required
- the Architect will advise if a variance is required to get a building permit .
HFH will work with your local community and promote public interest by sending press releases and tell your story on your own web page. We will help you organize and motivate friends, schools and church groups to volunteer and join fundraising drives. Events such as neighborhood garage sales can raise money for your construction project.