$1.2 Million HUD Grant to Boost Support for Low-Income Seniors in Sussex County
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has generously awarded Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, Inc. a significant grant of $1,248,216. This grant will be directed towards executing comprehensive programs that offer safety upgrades, functional home modifications, and crucial repairs to the homes of low-income elderly residents, enabling them to age comfortably in their own homes.
This award is a part of a larger national initiative where HUD has allocated nearly $15 million to 13 notable non-profit organizations throughout the United States. The grants are provided through HUD’s Older Adults Home Modification Program, a project designed to allow low-income senior citizens to stay in their homes by facilitating affordable and high-impact home modifications. These enhancements aim to reduce the risk of falls, increase general safety, improve accessibility, and boost their overall functional abilities within their homes.
The investments through these grants provide an opportunity for the elderly to age in place, eliminating the need to transition to nursing homes or other assisted living facilities. Such a model brings tangible benefits, promoting both independence and familiar comfort for our senior citizens.
The recipient organizations, well-versed in offering services to the elderly, will deliver these home modification services to more than 1,900 senior families across both urban and rural communities.
HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge emphasized the importance of these programs: “By providing a pathway for more older adults to stay in their homes, we are helping to improve lives and ensuring the opportunity for seniors to age with dignity.”
Matthew Ammon, Director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, further underlined the close link between health and housing, stating: “These grants provide a critical resource to communities to make low-cost, low barrier, high impact home modifications tailored to the needs of the residents.”
Regional Administrator Matthew Heckles also lauded the funding, saying that it would significantly enhance the quality of life for low-income, elderly homeowners in Delaware. “This will allow our seniors to age in place with dignity and grace,” he added, highlighting the fundamental goal of the initiative.