County Secures $200,000 Access to Home Program Grant   

(Monticello) – County Manager David P Fanslau has announced that Sullivan County has secured a $200,000.00 ACCESS to Home Program grant from the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corp. / Division of Housing and Community Renewal. The Sullivan County Access to Home Program is available only to residents of Sullivan County.

“The goal of the Sullivan County ACCESS to Home Program is to provide financial assistance to property owners and renters in order to make a limited number of dwelling units accessible for low- and moderate-income persons with disabilities,” said Fanslau.  The program is available on a countywide basis. “Under the program, home adaptations and alterations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to remain or return to their own homes rather than enter or stay in more costly and more restrictive institutional settings,” added Fanslau.

“The Access to Home program helps disabled persons remain in their residence and maintain their activities of daily living routines. Qualified applicants can have their residence modified to become more user-friendly and manageable,” said Kathi Hitt, Director of Family Services Administration and Case Management.

                Examples of eligible modifications include:
    • Installations of ramps, lifts, and other similar measures to permit access to an existing residential unit from the exterior of the building;
    • Widening a door entrance way to 36";
    • Modifications to kitchens and bathrooms to provide access to persons with mobility limitations or disabling conditions;
    • Interior accessibility modifications that will permit access within the unit for persons with mobility limitations or other disabling conditions; and
    • Installation of devices to permit safe use by persons with hearing or visual impairments.
“Funding will be limited to modifications and repairs for accessibility issues only, with a capped maximum allowable amount.  There may not be any funding used for any additional construction activities,” added Hitt.

The Access to Home Program is subject to income eligibility guidelines. An applicant’s household income must not exceed 80% of the area median income (AMI), adjusted for household size (or the household income does not exceed 120% of AMI, adjusted for household size, if the household includes a disable veteran). Proof of household income and a physician’s note describing the disability and recommended accessibility improvements are required for program participation.

For more information about the Access to Home Program application or if you have questions / concerns about participating in the program, please contact:

                Sullivan County Department of Family Services
                16 Community Lane
                Liberty, New York 12754
                (845) 292-0100 Ext: 2279
                Attn: Kathi Hitt, Director of Family Services Administration and Case Management

For additional information, please contact David P. Fanslau, County Manager at (845) 807-0450 or Kathi Hitt, Director of Family Services Administration and Case Management at (845) 292-0100 Ext: 2279.

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