With the assistance of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), the below communities can offer an “Aging in Place” assistance program grant. Aging in Place offers a grant of up to $5,000.00 for non-structural modifications to increase the health and safety of the occupants. To be eligible, owner occupants must be 65 years of age or older, meet below listed FY2023 HUD Section 8 income guidelines for low to moderate income persons, and have home safety needs that fall under the purview of the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read the following Frequently Asked Questions carefully before completing this application.
Q. Do I ever have to pay back the funds used to make the improvements?
Q. Where does the money come from?
A. This program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development CDBG program and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Q. What happens if the improvements I need cost more than $5,000?
A. If the cost of improvements exceeds $5,000, the homeowner may choose to cover the additional cost; otherwise, the scope of work will be reduced.
Q. What if I do not own my home?
A. Grants will be made to owner-occupied homes only.
Q. Who will complete the improvements? Do I have to hire a contractor?
A. A fully licensed contractor (or contractors) will be selected through a competitive bid process overseen by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Each participant will be required to sign an agreement with the contractor as well as an agreement with the town which guarantees the funds.
Q. The improvements I need aren’t listed, can I still apply?
A. Yes, please indicate your needs in the “other” box in section B of this application. Your request will be reviewed for whether it fits within the guidelines of the funding.
Q. Who can I contact if I have other questions or need help filling out the application?
A. Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed to assist in completion of the application.