Housing Accessibility Improvement Program (HAIP) Grant
INTAKE FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED.
Funded through the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services in cooperation with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
HAIP grants may be used for accessibility improvements in existing homes to mitigate functional limitations imposed by qualifying disabilities. The requested improvements must be necessary due to a related disability of a full-time resident (e.g., we will replace stairs with a ramp for a resident who depends on a wheelchair but not for a resident whose disability does not make using stairs difficult). The disability and the need for requested improvements must be verified by our staff. HAIP grants cannot be used for home repair or maintenance.
Households must agree to sign a Promissory Note to pay back the entire grant if the intended beneficiary does not live in the home up to three years after the work is done. Tenants and landlords also are required to sign lease agreements to ensure the beneficiary may remain in the home to benefit from the improvements. The lease term will depend on the amount of funding awarded for the project. All households must participate in annual residency reviews during the grant forgiveness period.
Funding for this program is very limited and generally will be allocated to households on a first come, first serve basis. Consideration also will be given to lower-income households that need costly major modifications beyond their means (e.g., ramp, barrier-free shower, stair lift, widening doors/halls, etc.). In some cases when combining funds from several sources will provide cost savings to the program, households might be moved up the wait list.
The maximum grant available for owner-occupied homes is $15,000, $12,000 for rentals. (Landlord cooperation is required.) Maximum grant awards will be reduced by project management costs. Assisted Living Homes cannot be served by this program.
Alaska CDC administers HAIP grants in the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Mat-Su Boroughs. Additional information is attached to the application.