How to Qualify for Help

Ready to Start Living Again?

When an injury, handicap, or other physical limitation threatens your ability to stay in your home, it can shake the very foundation upon which you stand.

You don’t have to go through it alone. ReFIT may be able to help. Read the information below and find out if you qualify for our home modification services. Then download, print, and mail or photocopy your application to get started.

How We Make a Difference

ReFIT provides essential no-cost remodeling services for homeowners who want to stay at home and remain independent, but don’t have the resources to make the necessary changes.

Having a resource to meet your simple, practical needs can make the difference between staying at home and seeking care in an assisted living facility or adult foster home.

By removing physical barriers, opening up spaces, and adding interior and exterior safety features, we can improve overall accessibility and increase comfort for those struggling to maintain independence.

Frequently Asked Questions

What services does ReFIT provide?

If you quality, ReFIT may be able to provide the following no-cost home improvement services:

  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Widened doorways
  • Bathroom grab bars
  • Wall mount sinks
  • Roll-in shower inserts
  • ADA-compliant toilets

How do I qualify for home modification assistance?

You must meet all of the following qualifications in order to receive assistance from ReFIT.

Please fill out our online contact form or call (503) 698-8382 if you have any questions about your qualification status.

  •  The homeowner or family member living in home must have limited mobility and/or functional limitation
  • The household income must be under 80% of the median income (may be waived under certain circumstances)
  • The homeowner or family member is able to stay in home as a result of modification
  • The homeowner of family member resides in Clackamas, Multnomah, or Washington County in the state of Oregon (some exceptions may apply)
  • The requested modifications must increase the accessibility of the home
  • The interior modifications to the home CANNOT be on a mobile home, trailer or modular home
  • ReFIT’s focus is to modify homes to better accommodate physical limitations. This DOES NOT include home repairs

Among potential clients who meet these minimum qualifications, top priority is given to those who demonstrate the greatest need.

Priority clients may have low or very low income, live alone, have an emergency situation, or be in imminent risk of institutionalization.

The screening process also targets clients who have the best chance of reaping long-term benefits from home modifications. Indicators of success include clients who are (1) alert and cooperative, (2) have stable health or a treatable chronic disease, (3) live in a stable neighborhood, and (4) have an involved and committed family.

I qualify for home modification assistance. Where do I apply?

First, download the client application packet.

Second, print and mail all the completed forms to:

ReFIT
PO BOX 916
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Alternatively, you can photocopy the documents and send them to info@refitportland.org

I mailed my client application packet. What happens next?

You will receive a call from a member from our Board of Directors. If your application meets all the criteria above, we will schedule an on-site check with you to review your needs and assess your disability.

After the on-site check, the appraiser will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. If the recommendation is in your favor and the Board votes to accept your application, we will forward your application to our Projects Committee. They will then develop a construction plan and move forward with your home modification project.

The Board approved my application. What does the project management process look like?

Once a project is approved, a project team is formed to ensure that the needs of the client are fully met.

The project management process is designed to ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and that all work is performed according to industry standards.

Along with the screening and evaluation process, this approach ensures that completed projects are reasonable solutions to real needs.

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