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Housing Program Benefits Perry County Couple

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Call AAA8 today for Support with Eligible
Minor Home Modification Needs

With support on projects that address access issues for clients that have mobility needs and with minor home modification to provide safer home environments, the AAA8 is helping residents in Southeast Ohio stay at home and saving the taxpayers money in the process.

Ronald and Wilma Dusenberry live in the village of Crooksville in Perry County. The AAA8 Housing program partnered with USDA to complete a project on their home to enable Ronald’s ability to remain at home.

“We were so excited to have this support,” said Wilma. “We moved into our home about five years ago and when this project was finished, I was as excited as the day we moved in!”

She explained that on their limited incomes, a project like this would’ve not been financially possible. She was very appreciative of the support it provided their family.

Home and community-based services are a
solution that helps seniors and taxpayers and significantly reduce the deficit.  Ohio has historically been an institutionally biased state that has driven its seniors to costly nursing home care instead of allowing seniors to remain at home and in the community where they want to be. This same strategy costs Ohio taxpayers three times as much for each senior being served. 

Over the past two years, the Buckeye Hills Housing program completed 100 home repair projects with funding support from The Ohio Housing Trust Fund: $384,400; USDA Rural Development: $141,574 and the Senior Services Block Grant: $ 24,150. These projects used a variety of state and federal resources to address handicap access issues for clients that had mobility needs and minor home modification to provide safer home environments.

Support of USDA Rural Development and Senior Services Block Grant funding for housing rehabilitation programs serving seniors across Appalachia is critical. These housing services are paramount to keeping seniors at home and in the community —where they tell us they want to be.

“Grants are available to fund repairs for homeowners who are 60 years of age or older with 35 percent area median income level or less and own their home or have a life estate in the property,” said Joe Gage, 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.”

AAA8 will assess the home for eligible repairs and develop specifications for repair and bid the project to qualified providers to complete the modifications. Households served under this activity must be at or below 35% of area media income and own their home or have a life estate in the property.

For more information, call 1-800-331-2644 or visit www.areaagency8.org/senior-housing. AAA8 serves Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington Counties.

 

 

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