Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS)

Last updated: April 4, 2024

The waiting list for the SARFS Program is closed as of December 21, 2022. Individual SARFS Delegate Agencies do not maintain their own waiting list for SARFS; however, they may work on other programs. 

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

  • Grab bars
  • Lever faucets
  • Door repairs
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Smoke detectors
  • Floor repairs
  • Window repairs

SARFS serves Chicago seniors at least 60 years of age who earn no more than 80 percent of the area medium income (AMI). Qualified recipients may be owners or renters residing in a one- to four-unit building. Seniors who are renters are not eligible for the SARFS program. 

Delegate agencies, under contract with the Department of Housing (DOH) 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 at time of application.


Area Median Income Limits 2024

Family Size

80% Median Income*











*Income limits are for the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL HUD Metro FMR Area.



SARFS Delegate Agencies

SARFS agencies are authorized by DOH to provide enabling devices and limited home improvements at no cost to income-qualified seniors throughout Chicago.

The waiting list is closed and only clients already on the waiting list are eligible for services. Your information will be provided to one of the delegate agencies listed below. 

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council
4555 S. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60609

Near West Side Community Dev. Corp.
216 S. Hoyne Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60612
Chinese American Service League, Inc.
2141 S. Tan Court 
Chicago, IL 60616

North Branch Works
2545 W. Diversey Ave. 
Suite 225
Chicago, IL 60647

Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly
945 W. George St
Suite 218
Chicago, IL 60657
Northside Community Resources
1530 W. Morse Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA)
3541 W. North Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60647

Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago
2545 W Diversey Ave
Suite 238  
Chicago, IL 60647


SARFS Ramp and Lift Program

The SARFS Ramp and Lift Program is not taking additional clients or adding people to the waiting list.

Lift Installation Provider

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities 
121 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60602






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