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$250K Grant Expands Nonprofit's Homeowner Accessibility Program
Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Granite State Independent Living (GSIL) in Concord received $250,000 over a two-year period from the NH Housing Finance Authority in Manchester to help build an Accessibility Pilot Program for homeowners with disabilities.

GSIL is a statewide nonprofit that promotes life with independence for people with disabilities and seniors through home care offerings, employment programs and community services. Since 1985, the organization has operated an Access Modification Program to provide home access modification, durable medical equipment and other items to support independence and accessibility. 

The new funds will allow GSIL to expand the scope of its current efforts in providing accessible home modifications. Where a project used to max out at $5,000 per consumer, the GSIL team will now be able to allocate an average of $10,000 - $20,000 towards project costs. Over the two-year period, GSIL anticipates serving an additional 10-22 homeowners across NH. This larger scope of home modifications will include, but is not limited to: ramps, stair glides, door-widening, bathroom and kitchen modifications to improve accessibility.

“Home modifications make a huge difference to someone’s ability to live life independently,” says Sarah Melasecca, director of independent living services at GSIL. “Modifications not only increase self-sufficiency, but also increase overall safely and the ability to independently access their home and community.”
To be eligible, program participants must be NH homeowners who are living in the property as their primary residence, have accessibility needs as identified by a Physician’s Verification of Disability, and the household must meet GSIL’s financial eligibility guidelines.
“We are pleased to support GSIL’s Accessibility Pilot Program through this grant,” says Dean Christon, executive director of NH Housing Finance Authority. “We look forward to working with GSIL to help improve livability and safety in participants’ homes through these modifications.”

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