PA Accessible Housing Program

SDHP has long advocated that people with disabilities and older adults must have safe, affordable, accessible, and non-segregated housing. Individuals with disabilities and older adults, like all people, are entitled to choose where and with whom they live, and not be relegated to the fringes of communities or forced into institutions for lack of livable alternatives.

The complexity of the housing issue for people with disabilities and older adults is, and has been, the main impediment to fostering greater choice. The housing issue involves more than simple shelter. People with disabilities and older adults must be given an opportunity to stay in their homes whenever home modifications are possible.

The PA Accessible Housing Program (PAHP) provides grants that will enable low and moderate-income persons with permanent disabilities and older adults to make their current home more accessible.

SDHP contracts with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to provide a comprehensive home modification program for low and moderate-income Pennsylvanians with physical disabilities or who are elderly.   SDHP does not serve all counties in that some provide the program to their residents directly.

SDHP provides assistance with the following:

  • Home modification assessments and recommendations
  • Consumer information regarding alternatives to modifying their current residences
  • Modification specifications, design/plan and scope of work assistance
  • Assistance in  hiring of contractors (per contract and state guidelines)
  • Construction management
  • Final inspections and close outs

To find out if SDHP serves your county use the link below:

PA Accessible Housing Program County List

Counties not served by SDHP are also listed. This list is subject to change.

Eligibility

The program assists people with permanent disabilities and older adults living in counties that have not applied for PA Accessible Housing Program funds and whose annual gross household incomes fall at or below 80% of the median income or 235% of poverty level, whichever is higher, as set by HUD.  An applicant must have a permanent disability or be elderly and have limited access to or use of the property.

The homeowner must be current with the real estate taxes and cannot be in the process of foreclosure. In addition, every homeowner must have current home owners insurance.  Applicants who rent a home or apartment must have written approval from the landlord for modifications, and a commitment to correct any code violations.  PA Accessible Housing funds cannot be used to modify units owned or operated by public housing authorities or a facility licensed by the Department of Human Services.

Application Materials 

Montgomery County Residents:

Montgomery Application Cover Letter
Montgomery County Application
Montgomery Release of Information Authorization
Montgomery Confidentiality Notice

Application materials for all other counties SDHP serves:

Application Cover Letter
PA Accessible Program Application
Release of Information Authorization
Confidentiality Notice

For Questions Please Contact: 

Cecilia Jenkins
Manager of Agency Programs
celia@sdhp.org
1-877-550-7347 or 610-873-9595