By Theda Pittman
For Senior Voice 

Accessibility grants for Alaska seniors


Sam Meyer photo

Irwin Barr of Unalakleet tests the new entry ramp for his home, provided through the RuralCAP Senior Access program, while RuralCAP staff member Jon Liebsack watches.

The Senior Access Program, administered by RuralCAP, provides grants to seniors 55+ for accessibility modifications to their principal residence. In 2014 nearly $600,000 was available statewide. Grants to more than 30 people have ranged between $7,000 to $15,000. Once an application is received and approved, RuralCap staff assists with planning and oversight of the actual construction. The program is expected to continue in 2015. For updated information, RuralCap staff may be reached at 907-771-7800.


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