Direct is one of five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Arizona. Founded in 1980 as a private, non-profit organization operated by and for people with disabilities. They advocate for voice, choice, and independence for individuals with disabilities including older adults aging in place.
Rural Home Access Program for Adults Age 62+
Direct’s Rural Home Access Program (RHAP 62+) is a new, free grant program aimed at helping rural-dwelling older adults remain safely in their homes. If interested in applying, you can complete the pre-application available on their website at the following link: https://www.directaz.org/rhap-62-application
This grant allows for small alterations, installations, and interventions to help keep older adults safe in their homes:
- higher toilet
- lever handles and faucets
- night lights
- anti-slip floor coating
- grab bars
- roll-in, step-in showers
- visual doorbells / alarms
- widened doorways
- low-rise steps
- automatic doors
Start by scheduling a home visit to evaluate and determine your needs. Next they’ll make a plan for the safety solutions and home improvements that will be implemented. This program aims to help reduce the risk of falls and prevent unnecessary, costly moves to assisted living communities and adult care facilities.
Other than being 62 years of age or older, applicants must also meet HUD low-income guidelines, own their home, and be located in a rural area. For Pima county only certain areas are eligible, but they encourage individuals to apply if they’re not sure.
If you’re interested in learning more about Direct’s home access program, please view and download their program flyers and visit their website.