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The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland is requesting monies from the State and County to be used as Accessible Housing Grants for those residing in Westmoreland County. These monies will be used primarily to construct ramps and stair lift modifications to existing homes in an effort to keep physically disabled citizens in their homes. The Accessible Housing Grant Program funds will be made available to owner-and-renter-occupied households, and the RACW will work directly with the Area Agency on Aging, Veteran’s Affairs Office, and Behavioral Health Developmental Services to form an advisory committee that provides a comprehensive analysis of applicants.
Below is an overview of the program along with certain requirements that will be considered for each applicant:
• All program beneficiaries must be permanently physically disabled residents of Westmoreland County. Westmoreland County's accessibility program is open to owners and renters. Owners of rental properties provided with Accessible Housing Program funds will enter into an agreement with the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland providing for forgiveness of the loan over a five year period provided that all the adaptive modifications are maintained.
• The property must be located within the County of Westmoreland.
• All projects that are assisted with Accessible Housing Program funds are required to comply with local property maintenance codes and zoning ordinances.
• Income for eligible applicants may not exceed 80 - 120 % of the current area median income depending on type of funding source applied to the project.
• Applicants must complete an application and agree to provide documentation necessary to determine eligibility for the program including, but not limited to, proof of income, assets and property ownership. Applicants may authorize RACW staff to obtain this documentation on their behalf.
• Program participants need to disclose other funds/services that they have applied to, or are receiving, relative to requested modifications. Additionally, applicants must allow RACW to discuss modification request with other partner agencies to comprehensively address applicants’ needs and to leverage resources if possible.
• All parties having an ownership interest in the property shall be required to sign all loan documents (if applicable), including, but not limited to, mortgages and disclosure statements in order to protect the financial interest of the RACW in the improved property.
• Program participants shall be required to maintain property insurance coverage, and flood insurance where applicable, for the life of the loan in an amount sufficient to protect the funding provided through this program.
• Program participants shall be required to comply with the Terms and Conditions of the Westmoreland County Accessible Housing Program.
• The Grant beneficiary will have a disability or be the caretaker of a person with a disability, with the beneficiary residing in the home receiving the modification. The caretaker of a person with a disability may apply to the Accessible Housing Grant, but the caretaker will need to demonstrate that the person with a disability will directly benefit from the modifications to the unit.
• The RACW will form an Advisory Committee to also help in determining eligible residents and to also provide a comprehensive analysis for the beneficiary. Members of the Advisory Committee will be from the County's Area Agency on Aging, Behavioral Health Developmental Services, and the Veteran's Affairs office, whose funding for adaptive modifications and other various programs will complement those funds provided by this grant to provide for all modifications needed for the beneficiary to improve quality-of-life as much as possible.