HUD Awards Grants to Help Older Adult Home Owners Age in Place

Regulation | August 06, 2021 | by Juliana Bilowich

HUD awarded $30 million in grants to support older adult homeowners with low incomes age place.

On August 6, HUD awarded $30 million in grants to 32 nonprofits and other entities to support older adult home owners with low incomes as they age in place. Provided through HUD’s older Adults Home Modification Program (OAHMP), these grants allow low-income seniors to stay in their homes through low-cost home modifications that will reduce older adults’ risk of falling. Examples of these home modifications include installation of grab bars, railings, and lever-handled doorknobs and faucets, as well as the installation of adaptive equipment, such as non-slip strips for tub/shower or stairs.

According to HUD's press release, these investments will enable older adults to remain in their homes – to “age in place” – rather than move to nursing homes or other assisted care facilities.

“Today, we are renewing our commitment to improving the lives of older adults,” said HUD Secretary, Marcia L. Fudge. “The funding provided today will enable low-income elderly persons to remain in their homes and will reduce their risk of falling, improve their general safety, increase accessibility, and improve their functional abilities in their home.”

LeadingAge applauds the grant awards and calls on HUD and Congress to establish similar grants for older adult renters with low incomes. To read the full HUD press release and a list of grantees, click here