New approaches to fund and deliver home modifications exist at local, state, and national levels but with little public knowledge, coordination, or communication. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of home modifications, a systematic research effort is essential to understand the current home modification landscape. With ACL support, USC is collecting primary and secondary data documenting local, state, and national home modification efforts to develop an unprecedented inventory of home modification services that will inform and improve home modification activities, particularly those of the aging network (State Units on Aging and Disabilities, Area Agencies on Aging, and Title VI organizations).
We are also creating a framework for the identification, synthesis, and dissemination of best practices and innovative home modification practices and programming. With an Expert Panel, this process is formulating best practice criteria for home modification that will result in replication and increase the availability and effectiveness of services.
Findings will be analyzed and released in a 2020 Home Modification Toolkit: Lessons from the Field, outlining the current landscape of local, state, and national home modification services and resources with recommendations to address service, access, and funding gaps. An online database, the Home Modification Information Network, will be released in early 2020 and include:
Interested in funding sources for home modification?
Here is a chart that outlines funding sources by agency type. The ACL project will be creating state-specific funding charts – look for your state’s chart in late 2019.
This project was supported, in part, by grant number HHS-2018-ACL-AOA-HMOD-0308 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.