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“Safe at Home Act” Approved by DC Council

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COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER ANITA BONDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 20, 2016

Contact: David Meadows

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(202) 724-8064

“Safe at Home Act” Approved by DC Council

Will provide funds for Seniors and Disabled to Age in Place

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the Council of the District of Columbia gave final approval to the Safe at Home Act of 2015, legislation that establishes an accessibility modification grant program for income eligible residents to modify their homes for mobility and safety.

The Safe at Home Act of 2015, co-introduced by Councilmembers Charles Allen and Jack Evans, creates a program that pays for the cost of installing home modifications for a person with mobility impairment or other physical disabilities with up to $10,000 per household to improve accessibility in residential housing. The bill also directs the Mayor to develop an application and administrative process.

“Many District residents are in need of slight modifications to move about their homes and this would provide them with funds to install hand rails, walk-in showers, wheel chair ramps and other renovations to age in place and engage in these basic comforts,” stated Councilmember Anita Bonds.

The legislation was approved unanimously by the DC Council and will be sent to the Mayor to sign into law.

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