Housing Safety Program

Applications available at Fire Station #1. All applications will be on HOLD and held in office until the program funds have been released. For questions please call  541-482-2770

ASHLAND FIRE & RESCUE HOUSING SAFETY PROGRAM FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLES WITH DISABILITIES


What is the Ashland Fire & Rescue Housing Safety Program? The Ashlandís Fire & Rescue Housing Safety Program assists eligible seniors and persons with disabilities in making Safety/Accessibility modification to their residence to ensure a home has fire safety alarms, and helping the individual attain greater mobility and remain safely in their home.  The program focuses on the personís most immediate needs as they relate to improving safety and accessibility. 

What is the Purpose of the Program? The Housing Safety program seeks to achieve multiple City goals; to allow seniors and peoples with disabilities to remain safely in their homes, to reduce the incidence of falls and related safety issue calls to emergency services, and last but not least, to ensure that senior and disabled households have updated and properly operating fire safety equipment in their homes.  
 
Who is Eligible? Residents age 62 or older and/or persons with disabilities, and have annual household incomes of 80% of the area median income or less.  
 
What Properties would be Eligible?  Properties that are owner occupied and need to be modified for a person safety.  Properties that need to be modified due to a personís physical mobility impairment, or modifications requested by a physician.  If the property is a rental property, would need written approval of modifications proposed by the landlord or property owner.   
 
What types of modifications are eligible?  Safety and mobility features that are not subject to the HUD Housing Quality Standards checklist, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, raised toilet seats, stand-up showers, bathroom grab bars, interior handrails (replacement if unstable, or install as needed), Widening of interior and exterior doorways to accommodate accessibility, wheel chair ramps or accessibility improvements to walkways.
 
What incentives does the Cityís Housing Safety Program offer?  Up to $5,000 provided through the Housing Safety Program to complete identified safety and accommodation measures. The program will provide fire and fall safety information, property inspection, detailed scope of work, fire and fall safety devices and modification, cost estimating and contractor procurement, construction and project management, referral to other community resources as needed, annual follow up visits to replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector.  (batteries may be provided upon request and as funding allows).
 
 
Income Limits by Family Size$/year
May 2018 Ė May 2019
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5
80% Area Median $33,000 $37,700 $42,400 $47,100 $50,900
 

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