Texas In-Home and Family Support Program (Community Services IHFS Grant)

Page Reviewed / Updated - Mar. 2016

Program Description

 This program provide a grant of up to $1,200 annually to help prevent nursing home placement.

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. 


Eligibility Guidelines

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.


Benefits and Services

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:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Assistive Technology Training
  • Attendant Care
  • Counseling
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Environmental Adaptations
  • Health Services
  • Home Health Aides
  • Home Modifications (to accommodate for their disability)
  • Homemaker Services
  • Out-of-pocket medication costs
  • Respite Care
  • Transportation


How to Apply / Learn More

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.

 Texans with physical disabilities might also be eligible for assistance from Community Care for the Aged or Disabled Program.