AARP Rhode Island is pushing hard to increase awareness of the “Livable Homes Modification” fund it fought to be included in the 2018 state budget, and we could use your help spreading the word. Would you consider airing a story about he program?
It took a half year to get it up and running; now AARP is in a tight window pushing for grant applications before the June 30 deadline. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for those qualifying who want to make home improvements to accommodate people in their care or for people with disabilities.
Keep in mind, this is not about old folks. Many of those caregivers in their 40s and 50s are your listeners and have moms, dads and other family members in their homes. Help to pay for a wheelchair ramp, a roll-in shower upgrade or a stair lift (among other things) would be such a welcome benefit.
John DiTomasso, AARP's advocacy lead who helped draft the bill, is available for interviews. .
Making this program a success in 2018 will go a long way to have it renewed in the 2019 budget.
An AARP release about the grant follows:
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Livable Home Modification Grant program offers qualifying applicants (homeowners as well as renters) up to $5,000 for home modifications benefiting those in need of care, as well as the disabled.
The grant, created in part through advocacy efforts by AARP Rhode Island and its legislative volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities and a coalition of community partners, helps the disabled as well as both caregivers and those family members and loved ones they care for. Apply now; projects must be completed by June 30.
A full description of the program and an application can be downloaded from the AARP Rhode Island Caregiving site, www. arp.org/ricaregiving
“This grant program allows many people to remain in their home,” said AARP Rhode Island State Director Kathleen Connell.
“Sometimes, installing wheelchair ramps, widening a doorway or converting a bathtub to a walk-in shower can make all the difference for the caregiver and the person they assist. Unfortunately, many families are already financially stressed by out-of-pocket caregiving expenses.
“It also is important to emphasize that all taxpayers benefit when people with chronic illness or aging disabilities can stay in their homes, rather than move into state Medicaid-supported nursing homes,” Connell added.
“We all win when we support caregivers.