for Immediate Release
Announces Grant Funding for Housing Modifications for Individuals with
Harrisburg–The Corbett administration today awarded a
$100,000 Keystone Communities Accessible Housing grant that will help Butler
County residents living with permanent physical disabilities to make
modifications to remain in their homes.
“Helping individuals with physical disabilities remain in their
homes is an effort my administration is proud to support,” Corbett said. “This
grant will provide modifications to residences to prevent accidents, facilitate
caregiving, and make it easier to carry out everyday tasks.”
The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Butler (RACB) will
receive the grant for the home modification program, expected to assist an estimated
50 households county-wide.
RACB has been the recipient of past access funds, helping 82
households to make modifications and necessary health and safety improvements
allowing individuals with permanent, physical disabilities to function effectively
and safely in their homes, thus preventing institutionalization.
“Our Authority has aggressively pursued funding to assist, support
and expand accessible affordable housing needs for Butler County’s disabled
population. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under Governor Corbett’s
administration has consistently supported those agencies that have a proven
history of success,” said Perry O’Malley, executive director of the RACB. “We
are pleased to once again partner with the state to provide these much needed
renovations to our most vulnerable population.”
The RACB has a current waiting list of 96 individuals who require
housing modifications in order to maintain community independence, 50 of whom
will receive assistance through the grant.
RACB administers many different programs that assist with home
improvements such as Weatherization, HOME program and an Emergency Repair
Program. The Authority works closely with local health and human services
organizations to provide supportive services to individuals with disabilities.
The County of Butler is also providing $100,000 in matching funds.
Administered by the Department of Community and Economic
Development, the Keystone Communities Accessible Housing Program’s goals are to
expand individuals’ living options, promote health and safety, and increase
their ability to function effectively and more independently in their home.
Governor Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal invests more than $34.4
billion in total funds for health and human services programs, delivering on
his promise to help those who need it most and providing a sustainable
foundation to increase access to quality, affordable healthcare.
In addition to advancing the Healthy Pennsylvania plan, the
governor’s budget reaffirms a commitment to preserving the safety net for
individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, seniors, children and
For more information about the Keystone Communities program and
other community development initiatives visit www.newPA.com
or call 1-866-466-3972.
Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED; 717-783-1132