Maricopa County to offer home modification grants for veterans with service-connected disabilities

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 7 unanimously approved a  grant from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to improve the homes of local veterans with service-connected disabilities.  These funds will help up to four veterans on limited household incomes to live independently in a safe and suitably adapted home that is affordable, according to a press release.

“We are proud and deeply honored to serve veterans in our community that have sacrificed so much to serve our country,” Board Chairman Steve Chucri said. “We are grateful to receive this grant as it will create more opportunities for veterans to stay in their homes and live independently and comfortably.”

The  Maricopa County Human Services Department will manage the program and will blend these resources with its successful Maricopa County Home Improvement Program.  Amy Jacobson, assistant director of community development who manages the program, commented:  “We are grateful to receive this grant as it will create more opportunities for veterans who have disabilities to stay in their homes and live independently and comfortably.  It is so gratifying when you walk through a home that has been modified and see how the improvements allow a veteran to live in a home without barriers.”

The modifications include, but are not limited to, accessibility fixture retrofits in bathrooms and kitchens, doorway widening, ramp connection and ramp modifications that will increase structure mobility, stability and safety of homes. All improvements are made by licensed contractors.

MCHSD will provide a maximum grant amount up to $50,000 per home for veterans with service-connected disabilities. To  qualify for the grants, applicants must own their home in Maricopa County, be active, honorably discharged or retired members of the armed services, have a service-connected disability and not be able to afford the modifications needed to their home.

MCHSD utilizes an innovative online inquiry system, http://www.hsd.maricopa.gov/MCHIP.aspx, which allows interested clients including veterans to complete and submit a form to inquire about home improvement services available to them.

Visit www.maricopa.gov/bos for information about each member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.  

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