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Homes and Community Renewal

Access to Home Program

About the Access to Home Program

The NYS Access to Home program provides financial assistance to make residential units accessible for low- and moderate-income persons with disabilities. Assistance with the cost of adapting homes will enable individuals to safely and comfortably continue or return to live in their residences instead of residing in an institutional setting.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible program administrator applicants are not-for-profit corporations and municipalities throughout New York State. Not-for-profit and municipal awardees provide assistance to eligible participants.

Eligible Participants

Eligible participants are individuals that meet the two criteria below:

  • Income at or below 80 percent of area median income (120 percent of area median income for veterans who are certified by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense as entitled to receive disability payments for a disability incurred in time of war); and
  • Individual has a disability or have substantial difficulty with daily living activities due to aging.

The assisted residential unit must be the primary, permanent residence of the eligible participant. Assisted units must be occupied as the permanent residence of a household with income at or below 80 percent of area median income (120 percent of area median income for veterans who are certified by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense as entitled to receive disability payments for a disability incurred in time of war).

Eligible Activities

Grant funds may be used to assist homeowners to complete accessibility modifications to adapt or retrofit homes for persons with disabilities. Rehabilitation activities reimbursable by grant funds may only include accessibility modifications designed to address the needs of the person with disabilities or substantial difficulty with daily living activity due to aging. Examples include: wheelchair ramps and lifts, handrails, doorway widening, and roll-in showers.