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Roxbury homeowner Patricia Hecker struggled to stay warm in her drafty house before the United South End Settlements Senior Home Repair Program provided assistance, in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Development’s Boston Home Center.

Roxbury homeowner Patricia Hecker struggled to stay warm in her drafty house before the United South End Settlements Senior Home Repair Program provided assistance, in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Development’s Boston Home Center.

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For senior homeowners, repair costs loom large

Aging housing stock and fixed incomes leave Boston seniors vulnerable

Traditional wisdom says home ownership provides economic security in old age, but as the senior population swells, repair costs rise and more people enter retirement saddled by debt, many elders find themselves “house-rich but cash-poor,” unable to keep up with repairs or adapt the home to be safe for frailer bodies.