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HUD Program Helps Older Owners Age in Place

Two Fla. agencies will receive almost $2M. The program helps older residents make functional home modifications that enable them to stay in the home as they age.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $30 million to 32 nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities through a program that helps local residents stay in their home and age in place. The money is used to make safety and functional home modifications and limited repairs.

Provided through HUD’s Older Adults Home Modification Program (OAHMP), the grants allow low-income seniors to stay in their homes through low-cost home modifications that reduce older adults’ risk of falling. It could include things like installing grab bars, railings and lever-handled doorknobs and faucets, as well as the installation of adaptive equipment, such as non-slip strips for tubs, showers or stairs.

In Florida, two local authorities will receive almost $2 million in combined grants:

  • The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach will get $921,126, and use the money to complete safety and functional home modifications and limited repairs in an estimated 75 units. To accomplish that, the authority will work with other medical and social service providers.
  • The Florida Dream Center will get $1,000,000 in Older Adults Home Modification grant program funding, and use the money for safety and functional home modifications and limited repairs in 144 units. It will also be working with other medical and social service providers to do so.

Nationwide, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities received sufficient funding to help more than 5,000 qualified beneficiaries. The awards are broken down between rural and urban homeowners.

“There is a strong connection between health and housing,” says Matthew Ammon, director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “These grants provide a critical resource to communities to make low-cost, low barrier, high impact home modifications tailored to the needs of the residents.”

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