Page Reviewed / Updated - Mar. 2016
Texas' In-Home and Family Support Program (IHFSP) is also referred as the Community Services IHFS Grant. These grants are intended to provide support to physically disabled individuals who do not also have intellectual disabilities in the interest of preserving their independence. This can include persons with lifelong disabilities, those acquired through normal aging or those that result from a medical condition, such as muscular or nervous system disorder.
The objective of the program is to offer financial support that will enable them to continue living independently in their home and not be institutionalized. IHFS Program participants can be granted up to $1,200 / year in financial assistance. Approximately 6,000 Texans receive the grant each year and they are given considerable flexibility as to how they spend the grant.
In order to qualify for the IHFS Program grant, Texas residents must be over 4 years old and have a physical disability that functionally limits their ability to live independently. However the majority of grants are given to persons 65 and older.
An individual's income is also considered a factor. Participants can have annual incomes up to 105% of the Texas median income. For the year 2016, this amount is approximately $43,000 for individuals and for two-person households, the figure is about $59,000 per year. Persons whose income exceeds that amount may still be eligible but might be required to make a co-payment.
An individual's resources or assets are not a factor in eligibility.
IHFS Program participants are given considerable flexibility in how they spend their annual grant. The grant amount can be up to $1,200 and services and supports can include the following:
The IHFS Program is available statewide however there may be waiting lists in certain areas of the state. Contact your local Department of Aging and Disability office to apply. One can also learn more on the DADS' IHFS webpage.