Livable Homes Coalition
Take Action Now!
The Revenue Estimating Committee will meet on Thursday to discuss Iowa’s expected budget growth for the next year. This will give legislators the last look at budget projections before they set their final FY23 budget targets. Following this, we expect a joint budget target to be released as early as Friday and then budgets to start rolling out next week in anticipation of an early adjournment.
If you haven’t yet, NOW is the time to contact the Health and Human Services Budget Committee members to request their support of funding for the home modification grant program in the Iowa Department of Aging Budget.
Please take time to call or email these members today, asking them to allocate funding so all Iowans have access to grant funds for home modifications regardless of their zip code!
ACTION ALERT: CONTACT HHS Budget Committee TODAY!
- Attached find the contact information for the HHS Budget Committee members.
- Emphasize contacts with Senators Costello and Edler, as well as Representatives Fry and Meyer.
- Ask them to include funding for a home modification grant program to be managed by the Iowa Department on Aging.
- Mobilize your networks/volunteers/advocates to contact these members as well as their own legislators.
- In 2015 in Senate File 505, the legislature directed the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) and the Mental Health and Disability Services to Commission to jointly develop a plan for a home modification assistance program to provide grants to assist with expenses related to the making of permanent home modifications that permit seniors and individuals with a disability to remain in their homes. To
- An investment of $1 million in a home modification assistance program would save the state over $13 million in long term care costs in the first 3 years.
- Living safely in their own home is preferred by seniors and individuals with disabilities. It promotes emotional wellbeing, independence and maintains a connection to their community. Many individuals who can live safely in their home can contribute to Iowa’s workforce.
- Iowa has some of the oldest home stock in the country, with many of the homes in rural communities being built before 1940.
- Only 11 of Iowa’s 99 counties have access to a home modification grant program, leaving large gaps across the state for those who need assistance. A statewide program would allow individuals to access assistance regardless of their zip code.
- Individuals living in rural communities would benefit most from a statewide program. Iowan’s seniors and those living with a disability living in rural areas deserve to age in place instead of being forced into care outside of their community.
- Home modifications can include common items such as grab bars, ramps, or lifts, or more costly renovations such as adding a ramp or widening hallways.
- Home modifications range in price, but the average homeowner can expect to pay $9,000 to modify a home to meet their needs.