Community Resources

How to Apply

SOS Home Repair

As an expression of the love of Jesus Christ, SOS seeks to develop partnerships with homeowners in the Binghampton, Mitchell Heights and Orange Mound neighborhoods in order to provide critical home repair assistance for eligible applicants. We give thanks to God for the homeowners we have had the privilege of serving during our 28 years.

To be eligible you must:

1. Live in one of our focus neighborhoods – 38112, 38122, 38114
2. Own and occupy the home
3. Be current on your taxes

Here’s how you can apply:

Download the application based upon zip code (38112 & 38122 Application OR 38114 Application), print it and then mail it in or drop it off at our office located at 2505 Poplar Ave.

Additional Home Repair Option for Seniors

Aging in Place Program – Launching in March 2015

Through a generous grant of The Plough Foundation, SOS has formed a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis’ Aging in Place program and MLGW in order to improve the physical accessibility of homes and make critical repairs to help Shelby County senior citizens continue to live in their own homes longer. We will begin accepting applications on March 1, 2015. More information on how to apply, including income guidelines, will be shared in the coming months.

To qualify, you must:

  • Live in Shelby County, Tennessee.
  • You must have one person living in the home full-time who is 60 years of age or older.
  • The senior citizen must have a qualifying need for accessibility modifications, weatherization or home repairs as determined by Habitat.
  • The owner of the home must live in the home full-time.
  • The owner of the home cannot be behind on city and county property taxes.
  • The owner of the home cannot be behind on the mortgage, if there is one.
  • The household must meet the income guidelines based on family size.
  • Those selected for the program must be willing to participate in energy efficiency training and follow-up surveys with Habitat.
  • Rental properties are NOT eligible to receive assistance through this program. Cosmetic work also is not a part of the Aging in Place Program. This program is focused on critical home repairs; mobility and accessibility modifications; and weatherization that would be considered crucial to seniors’ ability to remain in their homes as they age.

For the latest updates, please call our Aging in Place Program Information Hotline: 901-322-3500


Other Community Resources

Home Remodeling Tips for the Disabled via Expertise

 

Earn your High School Diploma

Staring August 2015, The Excel Center will be offering tuition-free school for adults who want to earn a high school diploma and have more career opportunities.

Students can earn credits toward completing their HS degree, rather than the H.S. Equivalency Diploma (HSE, formerly known as GED – which is also offered by The Excel Center).

See this flyer for more information.

MLGW Customer Advocacy Center

The Advocacy Center (901-528-4887) can explain and correct any concerns regarding the calculations of your utility bill amount. Also, they can explain payment options and agencies that may have programs for seniors, low-income and/or disabled persons. Please see this brochure for more information about Special Assistance Programs.