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Housing Modification and Ramp Program

INTRODUCTION

Meeting the housing needs of low-income Tennesseans through partnerships is a core value of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA). THDA is committed to working with local communities and non-profit agencies to make decent, safe and affordable housing available to all residents of the State, including the disabled.

In 1999, THDA and United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee (UCP) began a joint venture to address home access challenges facing disabled residents of Tennessee through the Ramp Program. The goal of the Ramp Program was to ensure that Tennessee residents with a disability were confined to their residence due to the cost of a wheelchair ramp. Between 1999 and 2006, THDA allocated $800,000 to UCP and its partner agencies to construct 1,025 wheelchair ramps in 53 counties across Tennessee. The Ramp Program became part of THDA’s Housing Trust Fund in 2007, and the funds were awarded to UCP on a competitive basis through a Request for Proposal.

Based on requests for assistance from non-elderly, disabled Tennesseans, the needs of this group are not served through other THDA grant programs. While some individuals may need a ramp for exterior ingress and egress, others may need housing modifications to allow them to remain in their home, and others may need both a ramp and housing modifications. This Request for Proposal is for a Housing Modification and Ramp Program for the Disabled to meet those under served needs.

THDA is seeking proposals from eligible non-profit agencies serving the disabled community of Tennessee for the $300,000 ($150,000 in FY 2012 and $150,000 in FY 2013) allocated to the Housing Modification and Ramp Program for the Disabled from the Housing Trust Fund. The program is to be administered on a state-wide basis serving both urban and rural communities. THDA may choose to award funding to more than one agency.

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

1. Allocation of Funds
  • Ramps - 75% of the grant may be used for the construction of ramps.
  • Housing Modifications - 25% of the grant must be used housing modifications to make a home more accessible.

2. Income Limits
The Housing Modification and Ramp Program for the Disabled (HMR) serves individuals with any type of physical disability. The disabled individuals must be low income (below 80% of area median income). The HMR Program will use the income limits established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the HOME Program, and household income as defined by the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.

3. Eligible Activities
  • Ramps - A maximum of $1,000 per household is allowed to purchase lumber and supplies to construct the wheelchair ramp.
  • Housing Modifications – A maximum of $5,000 per household is allowed to provide the needed modifications to the interior of the residence for the disabled household.
  • Administration – A maximum of 10% of the funds awarded may be allocated for administration of the program.
  • The HMR Program serves both homeowner and tenant households. However, prior to assisting a tenant household, the consent and approval of the landlord must be secured.

4. Match Requirement
Proposals must include a 50% match for the HMR funds. The matching funds can be provided by grants from other agencies; including federal sources such as the CDBG program or USDA Rural Development; contributions by local church groups or local agencies; contributions by individuals; bank loans; and volunteer labor. THDA grants to communities or non-profit agencies through HOME, the Housing Trust Fund Competitive Grants, the USDA/THDA Rural Repair Program, or the Emergency Repair for the Elderly Program are not an eligible source of the matching funds.

5. Marketing Requirement
As part of the Housing Trust Fund, one of the goals of the HMR Program is to raise the profile of affordable, accessible housing at the local, state and federal level. To do this, all HMR Program proposals must include a marketing and public relations component.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION AND EVALUATION

The deadline for submitting HMR Program Proposals to THDA is Friday, September 7, 2012. Proposals will be evaluated by a Review Committee composed of the Chief Program Officer, the Chief Strategy Officer, the Director of Public Affairs, and Community Programs staff. The Review Committee will present its recommendations to the Grants Committee and the Board of Directors for approval at the September 25, 2012 meeting. Successful applicants will have 3 years to complete the grant.  Click here for Housing Modification/Ramp Application