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Affordability, accessibility and availability of adequate housing options are key components of a livable community.  Johnson County offers resources to help seniors maintain their independence.

ACCESSIBILITY. The following individuals are certified building and remodeling professionals (CAPS=Aging in Place Specialist, CGB=Certified Graduate Builder, CGP=Certified Green Professional, CGR=Certified Graduate Remodeler):

  • Gary Frakes, CGB, CGP, Gary Frakes Construction, 319-466-1717
  • Jane Hagedorn, CAPS, CGR, Bea Day Plumbers, 319-354-2814
  • Julie Hajek, CAPS, Home Repair Team Inc, 319-626-4663
  • Robert Hajek, CAPS, CGR, CGP, Home Repair Team, Inc, 319-626-4663
  • Marc Olson, CAPS, CGR, Olson Remodeling & Construction, 319-354-3122
  • Kevin Rocca, CGB, CGP, Rocca's Custom Homes LLC, 319-626-4944
  • Chris Weckmann, CAPS, CGP, Carpentry by Chris, 319-331-3603

View Aging In Place Checklist and Aging-Accessible Homes graphic 

AFFORDABILITY.  (based on 30 percent or less of household income)


AVAILABILITY AND HOUSING OPTIONS.  Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES) are Realtors™ who have demonstrated knowledge and expertise to counsel clients ages 50-plus through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, or selling their homes. Iowa City-area SRES designees are:

  • Jacqueline Blank, 319-248-0505
  • Rex Brandstatter, 319-330-5534
  • Melody Carroll, 319-541-5643
  • Julie Dancer, 319-310-5522
  • Ernest Galer, 319-248-0505
  • Monica Hayes, 319-325-8659
  • Jane Kambright, 319-331-9579
  • Lou Hogan Kessler, 319-331-1624
  • Angela Longou 319-631-2385
  • Ron Maxwell, 319-330-8728
  • Jane McCune, 319-354-9440
  • Mark Signs, 319-325-7750
  • Roxanne Sisneros, 319-573-6637
  • Terrance Sobotta, 319-625-6427
  • Alan Swanson, 319-354-9440
  • Alan Wells, 319-400-2900
  • Carl Williams, 319-331-7253
  • Iowa City Area Association of Realtors, 319-338-6460


  • Helping Hands program.  Helping Hands is a repair program offered by Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity to carry out exterior repairs and to build ramps for low-income homeowners. A no-interest loan will be extended to those who are approved (view our income guidelines), and the monthly repayment will be based on ability to pay. Download the application here, or call Habitat at 319-337-8949 or visit the Habitat website for more information. Each repair will be evaluated by Habitat staff, and an estimate of cost will be determined in advance and at no cost. Note that if you prefer to use a private contractor, Habitat is available to submit the paperwork for you.
  • Housing Accessibility Project.  Do you, or does someone you know, need a ramp to provide access to your home? This program works to provide affordable, flexible and timely access to Johnson County homes, focusing on building ramps. Homeowners can request an evaluation for a home modification to install ramps and make minor improvements, including handrails and grab bars. To learn more about this program, see our brochureHAP Application, and Median Income Table. If you have questions about the Housing Accessibility Project or need a ramp, call 319-338-3870 and an Access2Independence intake worker will answer your questions.


RESIDENT CARE OPTIONS:  Not sure where to start when a loved one needs care? View our breakdown of the different types of residential care communities available in Johnson County.



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