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Accessible Homes for Seniors (AHS)

ABOUT the AHS Program

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Aging (MDoA), are undertaking a project to promote accessibility related improvements to the homes of seniors. These improvements may include, among others, the installation of grab bars and railings, widening of doorways and installation of ramps. Home improvements such as these represent for many older people the key to remaining in their home and maintaining their independence.

The program provides zero percent interest, deferred loans for a term of 30 years to finance accessibility improvements. The program is funded by DHCD under the Maryland Housing Rehabilitation Program (MHRP) and is administered by Special Loan Programs. The program is marketed through the local Area Agencies on Aging.

Eligible Applicants

Those eligible for the Program must:

  • Be Maryland residents with at least one resident age 55 or older.
  • Generally must own and occupy the home to be renovated as their principal residence. Seniors living with relatives will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Reside in a home that is structurally sound and free of health and safety hazards.
  • Not have any outstanding federal or state tax liens, open bankruptcy or foreclosure.
  • Meet income requirements.

The household income cannot exceed 80% of the Statewide or Washington DC MSA median. If the senior resides in the home of a relative, eligibility is based on the owner’s income.

Eligible Improvements

Funds may be used to pay for the actual costs of making the house accessible or functional for the resident. This may include but is not limited to: widening doorways, installation of accessible showers, ramps, grab bars, and lever handles. Additions to accommodate first floor bathrooms and laundry rooms will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Loan Amount and Term

The maximum loan amount will be up to 110 percent of the value of the property taking into account any superior mortgages. The loans will be offered for terms of up to 30 years and must be repaid upon sale, transfer or refinance of the property. All closing costs will be included in the loan.

Submitting an Application

AHS Application Form   Applications are available at local Area Agencies on Aging. Assistance in completing the application is available at the agency or an in-home appointment can be scheduled. Once the application is submitted, it will be processed by DHCD and the applicant will be contacted. For more information, you may call the agency listed for your county or the Maryland Department of Aging:

Area Agencies on Aging

County Contact Phone Number
Allegany Jennifer Lytle Glotfelty 301-783-1752
Anne Arundel Sandy Berkeley 410-222-4464
Baltimore City Tessa Hill-Aston 410-396-4932
Baltimore Betty Evans 410-887-2594
Calvert Carolyn Mohler 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170
Caroline Irene Garrettson 410-479-2093
Carroll Debbie Frame 410-386-3800
Cecil Mary Kahoe 410-996-5295
Charles Theresa Mason 301-934-9305, x 5118
Dorchester, Worcester, Wicomico or Somerset Teri Davidson 410-742-0505, x 109
Frederick Elly Jenkins 301-600-1605
Garrett Lynda Weeks 301-334-9431
Harford Mark Carroll 410-638-3025
Howard Pam Bilal 410-313-5980
Kent Kim Porter 410-778-2564
Montgomery Jennifer Long
Prince George's Dr. Floyd Johnson 301-265-8450
Queen Anne's Cathy Willis 410-758-0848
St. Mary's Debbie Barker 301-475-4200, x 1050
Talbot Peggy Vance 410-822-2869
Washington Margaret Fishack 301-790-0275
Maryland Department of Aging Janice MacGregor 410-767-1087
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Eileen Hagan 410-514-7542

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