City of Dubuque Offers Grant Program to Help Older, Low-Income Residents ‘Age in Place’

Older Dubuque residents interested in staying in their homes have the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help them “age in place.” The grants can help provide funding for home modifications to address mobility and safety concerns. The program is intended to help these residents avoid having to transition to a nursing home or other assisted care facility.

“Many of our residents are not quite ready for an assisted living situation but have things in their homes that may pose mobility or safety risks as they age,” says Nicole Lytle, grants project manager for the City of Dubuque’s Housing and Community Development Department. “This funding can be a tremendous help in addressing those risks, so these residents can stay in the homes they’ve known for decades.”

Examples of home modifications would include:

  • Installation of grab bars in a bathroom,
  • Replacement of doorknobs with lever style handles,
  • Moving switches and outlets to more accessible locations,
  • Installation hand rails on steps leading into and out of the home,
  • Conversion of a bathtub to a step-in shower,
  • Floor repairs to reduce tripping hazards.

To be approved for the program, residents must be at least 62 years old and qualify as “low-income.” Income guidelines are based on falling below 80% of Area Median Income by household size. For a single-person household, that threshold is $51,900 and it is $59,300 for a two-person household

Those interested in the program are encouraged to submit an interest form to begin the application process. More information about the program, including a link to submit an interest form, is available at www.cityofdubuque.org/AgeInPlace.

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