State Assistance Programs for Home Modifications for Aging in Place

Page Reviewed / Updated - May 2018

Overview
Approximately one-third of states have financial assistance programs, sometimes called nursing home diversion programs, whose objective is to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of the elderly (in nursing homes paid for by Medicaid). To that end, these programs will help pay for home modifications that enable elderly and disabled persons to remain living in their homes. In addition to helping seniors pay for environmental accessibility adaptations (formal language for home modifications), some of these programs help pay for assistive technologies (formal language for durable medical equipment). Typically, the types of modifications covered by these programs include addition of wheelchair ramps, bathroom re-models, installing stair-lifts, doorway widening, and kitchen modifications. These programs may include grants or loans, or sometimes a combination of grants and loans is provided.
Eligibility
Each state's program has different eligibility requirements. Clicking on the program name below will take visitors to a detailed program page, which discusses eligibility and benefits. Generally speaking, there are the following types of eligibility requirements.
  • Persons must be elderly or disabled.
  • They must be living at home, renting a home, or living in the home of a caregiver. Stated otherwise, they cannot be eligible if they reside in assisted living or a nursing home.
  • Have annual or monthly income within the program's limits. Some programs also consider the applicant's total financial resources (their "countable assets").

List of Programs
It is unfortunate that not every state offers assistance programs. Many of those that do offer assistance do so only for care services and not for home safety modifications. However, at last review as of June 2017, there were 47 programs in 27 different states. The following state based programs provide some level of financial assistance or services to help the elderly make home modifications to allow them to remain living in their homes. Some programs listed here provide financial assistance, but not for a specific purpose. Click on any of the program names to learn more.
Non-Medicaid State Assistance Programs for Home Modifications for Aging – Updated May 2018
Alaska Senior Access Program Alzheimers Disease Related Dementias Mini-Grants Senior Benefits
Arizona Non-Medical HCBS
Connecticut Home Care for Elders Choices at Home Project
Florida Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) Home Care for the Elderly (HC) Local Services Programs
Georgia Non Medicaid HCBS
Hawaii Kupuna Care Community Living Program (CLP)
Illinois Home Accessibility Program
Indiana CHOICES
Iowa Iowa Able Foundation Loan Program Senior Living / Case Management Program
Kentucky Hart-Supported Living Program
Maine Maine Home Repair and Elderly Grant Maine Caregiver Respite
Maryland Accessible Homes for Seniors
Massachusetts Massachusetts Home Care and Enhanced Community Options Programs
Minnesota Alternative Care Consumer Support Grant
Nebraska Assistive Technology/Home Modifications Service Disabled Persons and Family Support
Nevada Assistive Technology for Independent Living
New Jersey New Jersey Assistance for Community Caregiving
New York RESTORE Program CSE
North Dakota SPED
Ohio Elderly Services Program
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation Access Home Modification Program Options Program
Rhode Island Home and Community Care Co-Pay Program
Texas DADS Services to Assist Independent Living In-Home and Family Support
Utah The Alternatives Program
Vermont Home Access Program & Sue Williams Freedom Fund
Washington Tailored Support for Older Adults Program
Washington DC Senior Citizens' Home Repair and Improvement DC Single Family Residential Repair Program Safe at Home Program
Wisconsin AFCSP Community Options Program (COP) SSI Exceptional Expense Supplement Family Care and Family Care Partnership
Wyoming  Home Services Program (WyHS)