Foundations is appointed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to oversee a national network of nearly 200 home improvement agencies (HIAs) and handyperson providers across England. HIAs are locally commissioned services that ensure people are able to stay safe, secure and warm and retain independence in their own home. They offer holistic services to their clients, helping to improve a person’s wellbeing as well as offering practical solutions around the home.
The range of services includes*:
- Advice and information
- Housing options
- Disabled adaptations (including Disabled Facilities Grants – financial help towards the cost of providing adaptations and facilities to enable a disabled person to continue to live in their home)
- Home repairs
- Hospital discharge
- Handyperson services
- Energy efficiency measures
- Welfare and benefits advice
These services are available to homeowners, private renters or people living in socially rented properties.