Rebuilding Together NYC’s Accessibility Upgrades Program provides a range of free accessibility modifications for eligible applicants, including but not limited to U.S. Veterans and Medicaid participants. The goal of the program is to allow disabled and elderly New Yorkers to safely and independently navigate their homes and to age in place. Rebuilding Together NYC also works closely with occupational therapists to help residents return home from institutional care. Examples of modifications performed are stair lifts, vertical lifts, interior and exterior ramps, bathroom modifications, and grab bars. All repairs must contribute to the overall safety and health of the home, and therefore cosmetic upgrades and renovations do not apply.
The Accessibility Upgrades Program is funded by New York State Homes and Community Renewal. This funding allows us to spend up to $25,000 per recipient, and requires that we place a five-year forgivable lien on the property in the amount of the total scope of work cost. This lien decreases by 20% each year until it is fully dissolved at the end of year five. If the homeowner chooses to sell the property during this regulatory period, he or she must first satisfy the lien by repaying any remaining amount to the funder.
• Applicant’s home is located in NYC (five boroughs)
• Applicant is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income
• Applicant is disabled or elderly and in need of home modifications
• Applicant is the property owner or owner has granted permission to modify
• If applicant is a U.S. Veteran or Medicaid participant, applicant must produce DD Form 214 or Medicaid Client Identification number respectively
To apply for accessibility modifications, submit a completed application with all supportive documents. Electronic and PDF versions of the application can be downloaded on our website at rebuildingtogethernyc.org/programs/safe-and-healthy-housing. PDF versions can be printed and submitted by e-mail, fax, mail, or in person.