New program to help seniors and people with disabilities living in Moline

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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) - A new program will make it possible for some Moline seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes.

The home accessibility program targets low-income seniors and people with disabilities. The funds will help with home rehab and repairs.

“So for example if your walls or your doors need to be wider, if you need an accessible restroom, if you need a handicap ramp,” explained Moline Community Development Program Manager K.J. Whitley.

The program is funded through the Illinois Housing Development Authority.

“This is a brand new program that IHDA has introduced,” Whitley said. “Understanding they received several applications we were just fortunate to get funded for 12.”

Whitley says those 12 homes can fall into several categories.

“It’s open to people in owner occupied homes, as well as rental properties and condominiums, and for this particular grant it's also open to mobile home park locations,” Whitley said.

Alyssa Dominacki, business development coordinator at Alternatives in Moline says programs like this are essential to the organizations mission to promote independence for older adults and adults with disabilities.

“Having an opportunity such as this we would be able to get that for them and keep them in their home longer,” Dominacki said.

And while Alternatives does its part to keep seniors and persons with disabilities in their homes through its own programs, Dominacki says every little bit helps.

“We see a lot of seniors that we really want to help get these items to them and unfortunately there's kind of a gap in service,” Dominacki said.

Social service agencies must recommend individuals for the program. Applications are being accepted by the city. You can contact Whitley for more information at (309) 524-2044 or kwhitley@moline.il.us.