DeLuca: State grant will assist disabled with home accessibility modifications

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that Allegheny County has received a state grant totaling $175,000 to help disabled residents make accessibility accommodations so they can remain in their current residences.

Allegheny County has been awarded the grant as part of the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, which is funded through Marcellus Shale impact fees.

"These funds will help homeowners or renters in Allegheny County pay for accessibility improvements to allow permanently-disabled residents remain in their current homes," DeLuca said. "These improvements could include making entryways or bathrooms handicapped-accessible, among other changes.

"Those who qualify for the grant program may also be eligible for additional state, local or federal funds."

DeLuca encourages those who need to make these types of improvements to contact his office at (412) 793-2448 for help in applying.

DeLuca added that these grants are available only for those in the county who live outside the Pittsburgh city limits.