Baltimore City Program Awarded $1 Million from HUD to Help Low-Income Elderly Homeowners Age in Place
Wednesday Sep 1st, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALTIMORE, MD (Wednesday, September 1, 2021) — In August the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced nationwide funding awards for programs providing safety modifications and repairs for low-income elderly homeowners. The Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) was among the awards named, receiving the maximum amount of $1 million.
“I appreciate Baltimore being recognized for our commitment to our residents and want to thank HUD for providing critical resources towards the work we are doing to help improve the quality of life for older adults,” said Mayor Brandon Scott. “My Administration and I will continue to prioritize the well-being of our most vulnerable residents, including our senior citizens, to build a more resilient and equitable Baltimore.”
DHCD has developed a strong Aging in Place housing intervention program to address safety risks, home modifications, energy loss and housing rehabilitation needs for older adults in the most at-risk communities in Baltimore City. The agency works collaboratively with a network of local organizations to improve the well-being of older adults. This new funding will assist an additional 130 homeowners.
“Attention to the intersection of health and housing is one of the most cost-effective means to prevent blight and vacancies,” said Acting Housing Commissioner Alice Kennedy. “Helping older adults who are facing challenges with repairing and living safely in their homes is among one of our highest priorities.”
HUD awarded a total of $30 million to 32 nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities for the age-in-place programs. The funding is provided through HUD’s Older Adults Home Modification Program (OAHMP). The grants allow low-income seniors to stay in their homes through low-cost home modifications that will reduce older adults’ risk of falling: installing grab bars, railings, lever-handled doorknobs and faucets, and adaptive equipment like non-slip strips for tub/shower or stairs.