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Governor Corbett Announces Grant Funding for Housing Modifications for Individuals with Disabilities

News for Immediate Release

March, 5 2014

Governor Corbett Announces Grant Funding for Housing Modifications for Individuals with Disabilities

 

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 low-income families.

For more information about the Keystone Communities program and other community development initiatives visit www.newPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972.

Media contacts:

Valerie Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116

Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED; 717-783-1132

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