To the editor:
Thank you for your story on the nonprofit Good Options for Independence, and the work it does to help people with mobility issues.
The article mentions a state-funded program that improves home accessibility. We would like to inform community members about this important resource. The Home Modification Loan Program offers zero percent interest loans, up to $50,000, to assist homeowners in financing the necessary adaptations to keep disabled or elderly family members in their homes and communities. Some examples of projects funded include ramps and lifts, hardwired alarm systems, fencing, sensory spaces, accessory dwelling units, and bathroom and kitchen adaptations. To date, HMLP has helped over 3,000 Massachusetts families live more independently.
HMLP is a program of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission in collaboration with the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation. Residents in Berkshire County should contact the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at 413-781-6045 and speak with Shirley Stephens to learn more about the program and start the application process.
Visit cedac.org/hmlp to learn more information, download an application, or watch a short video on the loan process.
The writer is project manager of the Home Modification Loan Program for the Community Economic Development Assistance Corp.