Funding Available to Make Residential Units Accessible

Posted Jul 2, 2020

INHS has been awarded $150,000 to make residential units accessible for low- and moderate-income persons with disabilities in Tompkins County through the New York State Access to Home program.

This program is designed to provide assistance with the cost of adapting homes to meet the needs of those with disabilities, enabling individuals to continue to safely and comfortably live in their residences and avoid institutional care. The eligible unit must be the primary residence of the person with a disability. Eligible properties can be owner-occupied homes, mobile homes, or rental units.

Allowable modifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Wheelchair ramps and lifts, handrails, expanded doorways, and stair glides;
  • Roll in showers with grab bars, bathtub grab bars and seats;
  • Non-skid flooring;
  • Appliances that respond to verbal commands;
  • Easy-to-reach work and storage areas and other kitchen modifications;
  • Strobe light or vibrator-assisted smoke and burglar alarms;
  • Re-locating a bathroom or bedroom to the first floor;
  • Generator with back up documentation from a personal physician

If you’d like to apply for funding, fill out the pre-application here or you can email

INHS also has a Minor Repair Program for smaller home and safety improvements. More information can be found here.

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