Aging-in-place [photo credit: philanthropynewsdigest.org]

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss how to keep our residents at their homes safely, independently, and comfortably as they grow older. Many of our senior residents grew up here, raised their families, and worked hard to build our community. We must do everything possible to keep them here as they age rather than moving them to a retirement community or nursing home. Those who have a stairlift at home should look up Stairlift Maintenance Tips online that can help keep the device functional and safe to use.

The program will offer residents of 62 years of age or older maximum grants of $30,000 for repairs that will improve the accessibility of the occupants, hiring hvac services in order to improve this important aspect of energy efficiency of the home, or provide decent, safe and sanitary housing. These repairs will make the occupant’s life easier, all they have to do is to look for experts like a septic repair company. Regular septic tank pumping is an essential component of proper maintenance because failing to do so can cause major issues that result in a costly, hazardous situation. How often you’ll need septic tank servicing will depend on the tank’s size and the number of occupants in the home. Give your new construction the advantage of superior plumbing systems—partner with reputable plumbing for new construction services.

The applicant must be an owner occupant with a minimum one-year residency and have a total annual household income not to exceed 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) as defined by HUD. The City may prioritize applicants with incomes under 50% AMI.

The Council previously allocated $300,000 from its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local dollars.

Program expenditures are anticipated to begin on July 1, 2023, and be completed by December 31, 2026, the ARPA deadline. Only ARPA funding is committed to the program at this time.

City staff have worked closely with Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland (Habitat) staff to develop an Operating Agreement and Program Guidelines for the City of College Park’s Aging in Place Home Repair Program modeled after similar local programs operated by Habitat.