Grant Will Help Disabled Modify Their Homes

Grant Will Help Disabled Modify Their Homes

HARRISBURG, – February 21, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Washington County officials will receive a $75,000 state grant to help make needed modifications to the homes of disabled citizens, state Sen. Tim Solobay and Rep. Brandon Neuman announced today.

The Redevelopment Authority of Washington County (RAWC) will receive the grant for the home modification program, expected to assist a minimum of five permanently, physically disabled low-to-moderate-income residents.

“Many residents with disabilities have a difficult time making ends meet and this grant will help them make changes to their homes that they could never have afforded on their own,” Solobay said.

Nearly 10,000 people in Washington County live with permanent physical disabilities and are below poverty level.

Recognizing the need for assistance, RAWC began the Washington County Access Program (WCAP) in 2005. WCAP provides access options to low-and moderate-income residents with permanent physical disabilities, regardless of whether they rent or own. It provides options to repair code issues and helps to prevent institutionalization.

“Keeping people in their home is the best way to help them live better lives, and the grant enables our community to help those in need,” Neuman said.

Since 2005, RAWC has received 400,000 from the program, helping make modifications in 47 homes.

Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Keystone Communities Accessible Housing Program’s goals are to expand individuals’ living options, promote health and safety, and increase their ability to function effectively and more independently in their home.

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