Coalition for Home Repair Announces 2024 Aging-in-Place Cohort Application is Open

Posted By: Melanie Campbell Grant Opportunities,

Applications are open for the 2024 Aging-in-Place Cohort, which combines peer learning and webinars with industry certifications. Participants will become Certified Aging in Place Specialists, a certification offered by the National Association of Home Builders. There are 24 available cohort seats.

Application Period: Friday, January 5th - Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

Application Link: Coalition for Home Repair Grants Portal

Informational Webinar & Grants Portal Training: Tuesday, January 16th at 2:00 pm ET | Register 

Estimated Application Completion Time: 30 minutes

PDF of Application | Grants Portal Guide

First-time applicants or new grant writers at a member organization are strongly encouraged to review the portal guide and tutorial video before applying. An account to the grants portal is required before a user can view or submit the application.

Program Details

The program combines a Coalition-hosted webinar series that speaks to unique challenges to serving low-income older adults, including funding, ethics, and advocacy. It combines industry-specific learning with a third-party certification, the Certified Aging in Place Specialist certification hosted by the National Association of Home Builders. The CAPS training course but initial certification fee will be paid for ($1,000 value).

After participation, cohort participants will be equipped to:

  • repair and modify homes for low-income older adults in their communities
  • manage or develop high-impact home repair and aging-in-place modification programs
  • prospect aging-in-place funding opportunities
  • understand national trends and key issues facing older Americans

In addition to the CAPS training, Cohort members are required to participate in cohort webinars and engage in peer learning. Cohort webinars will be open to all Coalition members. The cohort and certification are fully virtual. Participation in the webinars and CAPS training will be funded for accepted applicants.

Tentative program dates are:

Coalition webinars are tentatively scheduled for 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Feb 27th –  Kickoff meeting & Reframing Aging Training with GSA

March 28th – Ethics of Serving Older Adults

April 23rd – Exploration of Funding Opportunities for Repairs & Modifications for Older Adults

May 21st – The Bigger Picture: Advocating for Older Adults with Emma Carrasco

May-August – CAPS 3-day training, scheduled by each Cohort Participant with CAPS trainer, Steve Hoffacker

Eligibility Requirements
  1. Must be a staff person or long-term volunteer for a 501(c)3 organization or governmental organization that provides home repairs and modifications for low-income older adults.

  2. Membership in the Coalition for Home Repair is required to participate. 

  3. Organization members must be current on dues to be selected. Non-members are welcome to apply for the cohort and defer payment for membership if accepted.

Applicant Details & Selection Process
  • Accepted applicants will receive the CAPS certification fully paid for by the Coalition for Home Repair. A $100 participation fee will be required for applicants to reserve their cohort spot once accepted.
  • Prioritization will be made to applicants from organizations serving disadvantaged populations and diverse geographic areas. Notifications will be made the week of Monday, January 8th.
  • One cohort spot will be awarded per member organization unless space allows otherwise. If more than one application is submitted for an organization, it must be submitted for each applicant. Individual applicants should create a grants portal account, if they do not have one already, and submit their application directly.
Informational Webinar Recording

Coalition Staff Contact

Megan Goyer, Programs Coordinator

Thank you to the Edward & Wanda Jordan Family Foundation for funding the 2024 Aging in Place Cohort.

The application should not take more than 30 minutes to complete.

Yes! We are willing to provide and validate any training hours if you are audited by NAHB. All webinar participation will be documented. Live attendance is required for any Continuing Education credit verification. 

In order to ensure that your attendance is awarded a Continuing Education credit hour, please make sure that you register for each webinar using the "Member CE" Ticket type. This ensures that we count your attendance towards your CE record and allows us to track your hours should you ever need to provide proof of CE to NAHB. Learn more about NAHB CE requirements for CAPS here. If you have any questions about this information, please contact Megan at

You can watch a portal demo recording after the grants portal training on Tuesday, January 17th. We encourage you to attend live if it is your first time using the portal. If you still have questions about the portal, contact Melanie Campbell at

We encourage each applicant to submit their application directly with their email and portal account. Create a new portal account here. When creating a portal account, please use a direct email, not a general (info@ or grants@) email address. 
Applications can be made on the Coalition grants portal, here. Users must create an account if it is their first time using the portal. The portal is not the Coalition’s Member Compass.
Yes! You can apply and defer membership payment until award notifications are made. If awarded, your organization will have one week to pay membership dues to hold your spot. If you plan to apply as a non-member, please email Megan Goyer, to give an advance notice and ensure membership is a fit for your organization.