Home Safety Enhancement Program

CountyCorp administers the Home Safety Enhancement Program for the Montgomery County Department of Community and Economic Development.  Grants for up to $2,500 are available for modest home modifications to assist seniors and individuals with physical disabilities.  Funds are available for owner-occupants and renters who live in Montgomery County, but outside the Cities of Kettering and Dayton.  Priority will be given to seniors 62 or older, veterans, and persons with disabilities.  To be eligible, the household’s income cannot exceed 80% of the median income based on the number of people living in the home.

The goal of the program is to prevent accidents and keep people in their homes. The three leading causes of home injuries  according to The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control are falls, burns, and poisoning. Seniors are especially susceptible to these types of injuries that can jeopardize their independent living. The modifications made to the property must be permanent and attached to the real estate.

With falls as the number one cause for injury, occupants should look at adding items like grab bars to showers, tubs, and toilets.  An additional railing installed to give a person both sides to grasp greatly improves balance and can prevent dangerous falls.  Besides having adequate and functioning smoke alarms in case of fire as a primary way to prevent burns and life threatening situation, there are many other safety issues that can be addressed such as better lighting, non-slip surfaces, and removing trip hazards.

The program funds can also be applied toward the cost the resident would pay for more expensive home modifications, such as a roll-in shower or adding an exterior ramp.

Maximum income cannot exceed 80% of the area median income based on the number of people who live in the household.

# in HH            1                   2                     3                 4                   5                   6

80% max     $34,800       $39,750          $44,750       $49,700        $53,700     $57,650

Please contact Jennifer Babros, Housing Specialist at CountyCorp for more information or to apply for the program at 937-531-7038. For your convenience, CountyCorp can take an application over the phone.

 

The list is examples of modifications that would improve safety. Some will exceed the dollar amount of the grant and may not be feasible if the occupant doesn’t have additional resources to add to the project. The type of modification depends on the needs of the occupant.

Fire Safety

Enter and exit of the home

Up & down stairs

Safety in the bathroom

Wheelchair maneuverable bath on main level with 60-inch turning radius or t-turn space for 36-inch by  36-inch or 30-inch by 48-inch clear space.
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