INHP Grant to Improve Home Safety for Low-Income Seniors
POSTED: April 16, 2018
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership® (INHP) awarded a $20,000 grant to CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions to provide home safety and accessibility modifications for five low-income senior homeowners in Marion County through CICOA’s Safe at Home program.
“By far, seniors prefer to stay in their own homes near friends, family and neighbors,” said Dan Amonett, director of Safe at Home. “Our goal is to help Central Indiana residents age-in-place safely by modifying their existing homes for accessibility and fall prevention, and we appreciate the generous support of INHP.”
With funding from INHP, materials and labor can be purchased to complete modifications such as installing stairwell handrails, bathroom grab bars and toilets to meet height standards of the American Disabilities Act. Modifications may also include adding wheelchair ramps, leveling uneven floors, repairing faulty steps, and improving exterior and interior lighting.
The modifications completed through Safe at Home eliminate common hazards to make homes safer and enable seniors to live in their homes longer, avoiding possible institutionalization. CICOA is the only organization in central Indiana targeting home accessibility modification services for the low-income senior community.
“We are very appreciative of the support from INHP, and value the partnership in helping seniors remain in their homes through home accessibility modifications,” said Orion Bell, CICOA president and CEO.
“INHP has proudly supported CICOA since 2002,” said Moira Carlstedt, president and CEO of INHP. “It is a perfect extension of our mission to support and increase affordable and sustainable homeownership so families can live in their home as long as they are able.”
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership® (INHP) increases affordable and sustainable housing opportunities for individuals and families in Marion County, and serves as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. INHP enables families to become and remain long-term, successful homeowners through homebuyer education and lending services. INHP also provides thought leadership, technical assistance, financial support and programming to community partners dedicated to neighborhood revitalization. For more information, visit INHP.org.
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