Daily life around the house can be more difficult when you have a disability. Doorways are often too small for wheelchair access. Shower areas may be risky for those with difficulty walking or standing, and stairs are generally impossible. Even things like kitchen counters being too high to actively use or not being able to use the sink can limit your abilities at home.
However, renovations can be costly. Even when you attempt to DIY the renovation, the cost for compliant materials is often much higher than anticipated and these projects are put on hold until money can be found.
If you have a disability and need renovations on your home, there are organizations that can help you cover the costs. Some of these organizations include:
• Department of Veterans Affairs – They offer two grant programs to help you build a new or renovate a currently owned home to make it accessible to a person with disabilities.
• Americorps. This group will help with the actual construction project to make your home more disability friendly.
• Think Alive Achievement Grant. This grant is for up to $500 and is meant to assist anyone who is under the age of 21 adjust their home to accommodate their disability for something they love to do.
• Rural Housing Repair Loans and Grants. Backed by the USDA, applicants must be 62 or older and considered low income to qualify for either a loan or a grant to help them renovate their home to adjust for a disability.
• Self Sufficiency Grant from ModestNeeds.org. These grants can help you cover the costs of any unexpected crisis or make repairs to assist with your disability.
There are also many private charity clubs, such as the Lions and the Elks, which have special grants and programs within their community chapters. There are also several organizations that are dedicated specifically to helping those with disabilities in many ways, including home repairs.
If you are a wounded veteran, there are several organizations that you can contact about help for your disability. Wounded Warrior and the Gary Sinise program are just two of the larger programs that will help wounded veterans stay independent by helping them with their living accommodations.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also offers several programs both as grants and as loans to help make renovations to your home to accommodate a disability. Many local housing authorities will also offer grants for this type of construction.