Accessible Housing

accessible housing

Choice for people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians to enjoy a home that suits their needs and abilities is a primary goal of SDHP.  But most homes across the state do not provide the access many people with disabilities need to live independently and enjoy all aspects of their homes.  Home modifications, accessible new housing, and visitablity in housing are three area where this problem can be reduced.

Home Modification Funding Programs

PA Accessible Housing Program

A grant program to pay for home modifications for people with permanent disabilities. Learn more about PAHP and who provides this program in your county HERE.

County and Local Governments

Many county and larger city governments have programs that may help pay for accessibility and home improvement needs. The Planning Department, Housing Department or Redevelopment Authority may run such programs.  Find your County’s website to search for progams here:  http://www.pacounties.org/pascounties/pages/countywebsites.aspx

PA Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)

Renovate & Repair Loan – A loan for homeowners or homebuyers to borrow up to $35,000 to make home repairs and improvements, as well as accessibility modifications to their home.  For more information contact PHFA Homeownership Division 1-800-822-1174 or view http://www.phfa.org/consumers/homeowners/renovate_repair/

Homeowners Energy Efficiency Loan – A loan for specific energy related home improvements (roof repair/replacement; caulking, sealing& insulation; heating/cooling systems repair/replacement; window and door replacements; and limited other repairs.  For more information contact PHFA Homeownership Division 1-800-822-1174 or view http://www.phfa.org/consumers/homeowners/heelp.aspx.

PA Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF)

PATF is a Pennsylvania foundation dedicated to provide borrowers with low interest loans they can afford for home modifications and assistive technology devices.  Learn about their loan programs and rates at the PAFT website.

Locate assistive technology providers here.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The VA supports veterans and service members with accessibility needs through two housing grant programs.

Detailed program information and grant application materials can be found on the VA webpage Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)

Each Aging office across the state provides a variety of programs to assist disabled older Pennsylvanians.  Find your local office through the PA Department of Aging Website.

U.S. Rural Development Agency (USRDA)

USRDA offers loans and grants to assist those living in rural areas.  Contact them to find out what local office is in your part of the state through their website or call the state office at 1-800-670-6553. or

Centers for Independent Living (CILs)

Non-profit organizations located throughout Pennsylvania to serve people with disabilities. Each Center for Independent Living (CIL) provides four core services: information and referral, advocacy, peer mentoring, and independent living skills training. CILs may offer home evaluations and assist in finding resources to pay for home modifications and assistive technology. Locate your local Center for Independent Living here  or call 1-866-302-7245.