WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $1.25 million Older Adults Home Modification Program grant to the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio in Blue Ash. This investment will allow 160 older adults to remain in the comfort of their own home rather than move to nursing homes or other assisted care facilities.
“Every Ohioan should have a safe and affordable place to call home,” said Brown. “This investment will help make sure that older adults in Southwest Ohio have the resources they need to remain in their homes.”
The purpose of the Older Adult Home Modification Program is to assist experienced nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities in undertaking comprehensive programs that make safety and functional home modifications repairs and renovations to meet the needs of low-income older adult homeowners. The goal of the home modification program is to enable low-income older adults to remain in their homes through low-cost, low barrier, high impact home modifications to reduce older adults’ risk of falling, improve general safety, increase accessibility, and to improve their functional abilities in their home. This will enable older adults to remain in their homes, that is, to “age in place,” rather than move to nursing homes or other assisted care facilities.