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I am not sure why they do not have running water in their home. I am thinking it is a busted water pipe. This couple is on an extremely limited budget, one that does not include saving money for unexpected repairs. The pretty much live Social Security check to Social Security check.

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I'd try to limit info to anybody if you can help it as not having running water could be cause to legally have them removed from the home as they cannot flush toilets. Perhaps say that the kitchen sink pipes are out but bathroom "seems" OK.

Where I live St Vincent de Paul, Jewish Family Service and the PRC / Preservation Resource Center (501C 3 dealing with homes pre 1920 builds) have project funding for just such situations. All would be also on the Agency on Aging list.

As an aside on this, if you buy them bottled water, try to make sure that they can actually open the bottles. After Hurricane Katrina, FEMA provided 2& 3G "camels". Great IF you could open them which required lots of wrist strength......
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Downsizing, ff's suggestion, seems to make a lot of sense. But it is not as simple as it might appear. If they own that house and it has a very low value selling it won't yield enough to pay for other accommodations for very long. Is there room in the SS budget for rent somewhere else? Maybe the only alternative that would work is subsidized housing. They could get on a waiting list for that.

Or maybe getting the plumbing fixed and taking advantage of meals on wheels and other programs would serve them just as well.
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Check into this website. The couple will probably need help with the application, but this could be an answer to their problems. They may be eligible for a grant rather than a loan. https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-repair-loans-grants
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Check with the local county Agency on Aging to see what programs, if any, are available.

As for the elderly couple, sounds like it is time for them to downsize if they can no longer pay for any repairs to their home. I know it is tough, they probably had been in that house when one or both were working. Then surprise, the only income is social security which really isn't enough to live the same lifestyle as before.
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My mother has been having problems with her refrigerator and a friend on mine told me to contact Community Action within their community. The director immediately contacted me and they are checking with their project manager when they can come check it out for her. Hope this helps.
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timturk, what a great topic and thank goodness as you may be the only one who noticed or is trying to do anything! Great responses here. I'd see if there is a Habitat for Humanity in your area, too. Also, local churches may have some handy-people who help seniors. Good luck!
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I would march my husband over there (or one of my plumber brothers) and get the job done. If you are unable to help, perhaps call a local church or put it out on social media. Someone will help this needy couple.
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Here there is an organization called the First Tennessee Human Resource Agency and the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency that help with home repairs and modifications. Perhaps there are comparable programs in your area? Good luck and bless you for helping them.
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Great suggestions from everyone.
Another:
If either the husband or the wide is a Veteran the VA may help.
If there is a Habitat for Humanity in the area they may have volunteers that might help or they may have suggestions.
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If my state found out, they would be removed from the home, so be careful who you tell.
If they are truly able to care for themselves then find an org to help...or...
I put something on Craigslist once to help an elder, and got help immediately! People's hearts responded!!
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