AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The town of Agawam received a block grant for their Aging in Place program, to help seniors maintain their quality of life in their own homes. The improvements will be made with the hope that senior citizens won’t have to seek assisted living or move to a nursing home.
Becky Washburn said the Veterans Administration helped build an outdoor ramp for her husband who’s recovering from a stroke. But they need money for safety improvements inside the house as well. “We could use a new handrail down our cellar stairs,” she said. “I know for a fact the stairs aren’t very wide. They’re kind of dangerous. It would be nice if something could be done about that.”
Across the street, Agawam senior Marie Muldrew needs hand railings to get in and out of her house. She dreads the idea of possibly having to move out because of a lack of mobility. “I live alone,” she told 22News. “I love my house. I love being there. I have great neighbors, my children aren’t that far from me; it’s independence.”
Nearly 300 Agawam Senior Center members have applied for federal funding to improve their homes. Those who have already applied are waiting to find out if they qualify for all or part of the requested $5,000 in home improvement money.
To be eligible for either program, applicants must not have household incomes that exceed:
- $46,000 for one person
- $52,600 for two people
- $59,150 for three people
- $65,700 for four people
- $71,000 for five people
- $76,250 for six people
Anyone wishing to apply for either program should contact Marc Strange at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 413-786-0400 and must submit their applications by January 27.