Grants Available to Pay for Modifications to Homes
Written by Admin | June 30, 2014 | In The News
Modifications at home can make living easier for seniors and adults with disabilities
Independent Living, Inc., a local nonprofit organization, offers a wonderful home modification program for seniors and people with disabilities. Modifications may range from simple grab bar installations and appropriate placement of bath benches all the way to permanent or temporary wheelchair ramps. What makes this home modification program unique is full service, from initial onsite assessment to final installation by a licensed carpenter. There is no need to coordinate multiple businesses or contractors.
Having an on-site home evaluation is the first step, and it’s simple. A staff member will visit with you and study the interior and exterior of your home. To learn more, call the home modification manager, Jonathan, direct at 608-268-9635.
Grants may be available to pay for changes to make homes safer. The home modification program received funding to assist low and moderate-income individuals age 62 and older, or individuals who have a disability, with home modifications.
One grant covers safety and accessibility improvements such as permanent and temporary wheelchair ramps, stair lifts, hand railings, and repairs to steps for homeowners. This grant is available for home owners who live within 55 municipalities of Dane County, but outside the City of Madison. Some areas in the county may not be eligible, and home owners are encouraged to call the manager at 608-268-9635 to inquire.
ILI has a separate grant for clients who need portable medical equipment, such as toilet rails, raised toilet seats, bath benches, etc. This grant is available for both home owners and renters in the City of Madison.
In general, the grants are available for individuals who:
- Are age 62 and older, or a person of any age with a disability
- Have an annual gross income that meets HUD eligibility guidelines (for one person that may range from $17,000 to $45,100 per year)
For individuals who qualify for a grant, there is a participatory assessment fee that is adjusted on a sliding scale based on income. The fee ranges from $20 to $70.
The goal of the home safety modification program is to adapt homes to make them more accessible and safer for individuals with limitations in movement, strength, dexterity, eyesight or hearing. To learn more about this program and how it can help you or someone you care about live safely at home, contact Jonathan or call 608-268-9635.