The Dallas City Council approved funding for the city’s Senior Home Repair Program during a Jan. 25 regular meeting.
The program will offer approved applicants up to $10,000 in grant funds aimed at home repairs, including improving accessibility within the home, increasing safety and enhancing efficiency, according to a city press release.
“It has been an honor to help bring this program to fruition through collaboration with our dedicated city staff,” District 14 Council Member Paul Ridley, who represents parts of Lakewood, said in a statement. “I am excited for our continued work together to help our aging residents get the assistance they need.”
The grant funds are available to residents in need of accessibility improvements such as wheelchair ramps, as well as to address significant concerns to the health and safety of the residents, according to city officials. Funds may also be used to repair or replace HVAC systems, plumbing or water heaters.
“To be able to help our most vulnerable residents is the top priority of the City Council and the city of Dallas staff,” Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn King Arnold said in a statement. “These grant funds will help our aging residents make crucial repairs to their homes to keep them safe and comfortable.”
To be eligible for the program, a resident must be 65 years of age or older, at or below 80% area median income, and in need of repairs at their primary residence, according to city officials.
According to 2021 Census data, the Lake Highlands and Lakewood areas of Dallas have 17,396 residents age 65 or older, about 10% of the area’s population.
According to city officials, residents may apply for funding through the program starting Feb. 1 by downloading an application online or picking one up at City Hall, which is located at 1500 Marilla St. Applications can also be picked up at any city of Dallas library or recreation center.
In order to submit an application, residents will need to show proof of household income, proof of identity, proof of age, proof of primary homeowner occupancy and proof of ownership. The deadline to apply is March 3.
“The approval of this grant program is a step in the right direction to be able to accommodate our aging population’s housing needs,” District 3 Council Member Casey Thomas said in a statement. “By adding accessibility improvements to their primary residences, we can affordably prevent aging residents’ displacement.”
Residents needing assistance filling out an application can reach out to Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization staff at 214-670-3644 or by visiting their offices at City Hall.