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Baltimore agency awarded $1M to help low-income elderly homeowners

The Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) was awarded $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for programs providing safety modifications and repairs for low-income elderly homeowners.

DHCD has developed an Aging in Place housing intervention program to address safety risks, home modifications, energy loss and housing rehabilitation needs for older adults in the most at-risk communities in Baltimore. The agency works collaboratively with a network of local organizations to improve the well-being of older adults. This new funding announced Wednesday will assist an additional 130 homeowners.

HUD awarded a total of $30 million to 32 nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, and public housing authorities for the age-in-place programs. The funding is provided through HUD’s Older Adults Home Modification Program. The grants allow low-income seniors to stay in their homes through low-cost home modifications that will reduce older adults’ risk of falling: installing grab bars, railings, lever-handled doorknobs and faucets and adaptive equipment such as non-slip strips for tub/shower or stairs.