City Offering Grants to Rehab Senior Homes

City Offering Grants to Rehab Senior Homes


Administrative Resources association along with the City of Salem are seeking public interest in grant money to rehab homes of seniors in the City of Salem limits.

Up to $15,000 would be awarded to applications who are 55 and older, living in a single-family, owner-occupied home.


There are several requirements and the city hasn’t received funding at this point, said Salem Mayor David Bower.

“If funding is awarded to Salem, we will be able to rehab between 18-20 homes,” he said at a recent meeting with Deb Lilly, manager of municipal programs from ARa.

Bower said the city would be holding several meetings to gauge interest, the first of which was March 17.

“This program is good for our seniors,” said Lilly. “It allows them to age in place.”

She said the grant would be for $350,000 maximum and the city would contribute about 10 percent.

Lillly and ARa are currently working on similar grants in New Castle, Seymour, Rushville, Elizabethtown, Lawrenceburg and Columbus.

Lilly said the grant applications would be due in July and awarded in September.

A bidder’s list would be provided and awards made so work could start over the winter months or early spring 2016.

“This is a great opportunity for those who are over 55 and need repairs to their home,” said Bower. “This has paid for renovation of bathroom to make them handicap accessible and has moved kitchen cabinets to a lower level. The possibilities are endless.”


Residents who are interested must meet the criteria to be elligible:

  • 55 or older
  • Single-family, owner-occupied home
  • Home must be on permanent foundation – most mobile homes are not elligible.
  • Contract sales are not eligible.
  • Homes must be insured.
  • Homes must be in need of modifications (based on referral and/or home assessment)

Total household income must be at or below the following income guidelines

  • One person in household – $27,050
  • Two people in household – $30,900
  • Three people in household – $34,750
  • Four people in household – $38,600
  • Five people in household – $41,700


Applications are available at the Mayor’s office and at any future public meetings to be held.