The Access to Home Program provides financial assistance to property owners to make dwelling units accessible for low and moderate income persons with disabilities.
Providing assistance with the cost of adapting homes to meet the needs of those with disabilities will enable individuals to safely and comfortably continue to live in their residences and avoid institutional care.
Adaptation work must meet the needs of those with physical disabilities and seniors with an age-related disability. Examples include: wheel chair ramps and lifts, handrails, easy-to-reach kitchen work and storage areas, lever handles on doors, roll-in showers with grab bars, etc.
Homeowners and renters may qualify for loan assistance through Margert Community Corporation under the following criteria: the occupant is physically disabled or has substantial difficulty with an activity of daily living because of aging; the dwelling unit is a permanent residence; and, total household income does not exceed 80 percent of median income.
The Access to Home program is funded from fees earned by the Housing Trust Fund Corporation, and is administered by the NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal.
Access to Home Program – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Sheet
Assisted units must be occupied as the permanent residence of a household with income at or below 80% of area median income (120% of median for veterans with a disability) for Queens County, New York City, and include individuals who have a physical disability or have substantial difficulty with daily living activities due to aging. AMI shall be determined by the latest approved income guidelines as published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including any waivers for high cost areas as allowed by HUD.
Types of accessibility modifications to be installed by our program include, but are not limited to, the following:
Installations of ramps, lifts, and other similar measures to permit access to an existing residential unit from the exterior of the building;
Modifications to kitchens and bathrooms in existing residential units to provide access to persons with mobility limitations or disabling conditions;
Interior accessibility modifications to existing residential units that will permit access within the unit for persons with mobility limitations or other disabling conditions;
Installation of devices to permit use of an existing residential unit by persons with hearing or visual impairments;
Other activities required to install accessibility modifications in existing residential units.
Samples of typical accessibility modifications.
Modification awards shall not exceed $ 25,000.
Apply for Margert's Access to Home program.