Seniors & Special Needs Accessibility Grants

NeighborWorks Anchorage can assist you to live independently in our community.  Our grant programs assist Senior Citizens, Alaska Mental Health Trust beneficiaries and individuals with disabilities or special needs.  These home modifications allow eligible individuals overcome roadblocks to an enhanced quality of life while attaining the highest level of self-sufficiency possible.

What is the purpose of the Senior Housing Accessibility Modifications program?

  • The purpose of the program is to provide housing accessibility and modifications for seniors that will extend their ability to live independently in the community.

What form of assistance does the grant program provide?

  • Assistance is in the form of a grant to eligible seniors 55 years of age or older. Grants are made possibly by funding through Alaska Housing Finance Corporations/State of Alaska Senior Citizen Housing Development Fund.

What is the maximum grant amount?

  • Up to $15,000 is available to qualified seniors who own their own homes, up to $10,000 for seniors who live in rental housing or $7,000 for seniors who live in a small assisted living facility (up to two clients).

What types of property are eligible?

  • The residents must be within the Municipality of Anchorage and must be a 1-4 unit dwelling that is used as a principal residence of the senior applicant.
  • A limited number of grants are available to benefit senior residents living in a 5-bed or less, state licensed, assisted living facility.  Maximum per assisted living facility is $14,000.

What may funds be used for?

  • Bathroom modifications (such as installing a walk-in shower, grab bars, raising toilet height).
  • Installation of additional handrails to stairs or installing a stair or chair lift.
  • Installation of ramps.
  • Other modifications that meet the program's goals for senior accessibilty.

Who can participate in the Senior Housing Accessibility Modifications grant program?

  • Seniors 55 years of age or older who have need for accessibility accommodations, as documented by a medical professional, caseworker, or caregiver familiar with the senior's needs.
  • The property must be within the Municipality of Anchorage and must be the primary residence of the applicant for 2 years after completion of the modification.
  • The applicant must be able to provide evidence of ownership or, if a rental property, must have lease and the landlord's consent.
  • Household income must be no more than 100% of area median, adjusted for household size.

For more information: Call 677-8490 and ask to speak with a Grant Officer.

Click here for an application.

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