OHIO VALLEY — There is no place like home and for individuals trying to “age in place” or those with disabilities working for independence, a program offered through the Buckeye Hills Area Agency on Aging may be of assistance to those who qualify.
Administered through Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District in its eight-county southeast Ohio region, the $250,000 housing grant was recently awarded by the Development Services Agency.
“Grants are available to fund repairs for income eligible individuals of any age with a disability or seniors 60-plus who own their home or have a life estate in the property,” said Joe Gage, Area Agency on Aging (AAA8) housing coordinator. “For residents who qualify, monies may be used to assist with the costs associated with accessibility modifications such as widening doorways, wheelchair ramps, handicap modifications of a bathroom or kitchen and other home repairs.”
According to American Association of Retired Persons, the majority of older adults want to age in place and continue to live in their own homes or communities. The number of older adults will continue to increase as the “Baby Boomer” population ages, and the degree to which they can participate in community life will be determined, in part, by how homes and communities are designed.
Gage is also an Aging-In-Place specialist through the National Association of Home Builders. Aging-In-Place is a program developed to address the growing number of consumers that will soon require housing modifications to allow them to stay in their homes as they age. These professionals are re-modelers, general contractors, designers, architects and even health care consultants.
He is responsible for grant administration across the eight-county region and can assist eligible residents answer questions such as “How can I make my kitchen more functional?”; “How do I modify my bathroom or home entrance?” and “What type of contractor should I use?”
The program will assess an individuals home for eligible repairs, develop specifications and bid the project to qualified providers to complete the modifications. Grants are available to fund accessibility modifications for income eligible individuals of any age with a disability or for minor home repairs for income eligible persons over 60 years of age who own their home or have a life estate in the property.
In 2016, households served under this program must be at or below the following income level: for Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Noble and Perry Counties, $19,500; Washington County, $18,750; and
For more information, call 1-800-331-2644 or visit www.areaagency8.org.