CHICAGO – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Board of Directors awarded $3 million to 15 units of local government and non-profit organizations across Illinois to help seniors and persons with disabilities make their homes safer and more accessible on Friday.
Awarded under the state’s Home Accessibility Program (HAP), the funding will help prevent unnecessary or premature nursing home placement by paying for modifications and repairs that allow individuals to age at home. This round of funding is expected to assist at least 120 households.
Bloomington is one of the 15 units of government.
“The Home Accessibility Program is a great tool to prevent premature or unnecessary institutionalization of Illinois’ seniors and persons with disabilities,” said IHDA Executive Director Audra Hamernik. “It is imperative this vulnerable population is not only given the opportunity to age in place, but never feels trapped or confined in their own home.”
Eligible households may receive up to $25,000 to make home repairs and improvements through a five-year, forgivable loan. Households can apply for Home Accessibility Program grants by contacting one of the funded HAP sponsors that serves their community who can provide more information on eligibility and the application process.
For households that currently reside in an area that is not serviced by HAP, there may be assistance available from a different governmental and/or not-for-profit-entity. Those homeowners are encouraged to contact their nearest housing counseling agency to discuss their options.