Small Accessible Repairs for Seniors (SARFS)

Last updated: December 21, 2022

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. DOH may reopen the waiting list for 2024. 

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

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 (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 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, or owner/agent approval at time of application.


Area Median Income Limits 2023

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.

For all initial inquiries, please call 312.744.3653. If you have already been contacted by a delegate agency for application intake, please call that agency directly for further assistance and updates.

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council
1823 W. 47th St. 
Chicago, IL 60609

James Gonska 872.281.7832

Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA)
3541 W. North Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60647

Ana Velez 773.276.5338

Chinese American Service League, Inc.
2141 S. Tan Court 
Chicago, IL 60616

Bihua Huang 312.791.0418 ext. 2107

North Branch Works/LEED Council
2545 W. Diversey Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60647

Misty LeBlanc 773.929.5552 ext. 235

Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp.
2550 W. North Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60647

Dean Rennie 773.278.5669

Near West Side Community Dev. Corp.
216 S. Hoyne Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60612

Eric Wright 312.738.2280

Greater Auburn Gresham Dev. Corp.
1159 W. 79th St. 
Chicago, IL 60620

Linda Johnson 773.483.3696

Neighborhood Housing Services
1279 N. Milwaukee Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60622

Gloria Moore 773.329.4123


1419 W. Carroll Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607

Michael Laz 773.921.3200

Northside Community Resources
1530 W. Morse Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626

Violeta Espinoza 773.338.7722 ext.21



SARFS Ramp and Lift Program

The SARFS Ramp and Lift Program is not taking additional clients for 2023 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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