Homes Accessibility Program

Purpose of the Program

Funded by the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund, IHDA’s Home Accessibility Program (HAP) provides assistance to low-income and very low-income senior citizens and persons with disability to prevent premature or unnecessary institutionalization. HAP provides aid to qualifying households through competitive grant awards to units of local government and non-profit agencies. These entities then work to reserve and oversee forgivable loans for individuals within their community to make modifications to allow them to remain in their homes. Households must be at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI), must have at least one elderly person with a physical limitation or person with a disability. Qualifying households are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in assistance.

Who is Eligible

Units of local government and eligible nonprofits may apply for funding. No more than three applications per third party administrator is allowed. Individuals and families may not apply directly to IHDA, they must apply to Grantees for assistance.

Both owner-occupied and renter-occupied properties are allowed under HAP. The Grantee must follow its

Participant Selection Plan in selecting participants for the Program. Household income cannot exceed 80% of area median income (AMI) for household size and at least one family member must be disabled or be an elderly person with a physical limitation. Preference must be given to households at or below 50% AMI.

For a renter-occupied residence, the tenant is the qualifying party, however, all documents are signed by the

landlord (homeowner).

Application Process

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Availability of Funds

Each qualifying household is eligible to receive up to $25,000.

How Funds are to be used

The requirement for HAP is that the main rehabilitation item (51% of the project) must be for accessibility.

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Types of Assistance

Loans and Grants

Year Program was established