Home Accessibility Program

Many seniors and persons with disabilities face unnecessary or premature institutionalization.

CPAH helps people stay in their homes and communities by providing lifts, ramps, and other accessibility improvements.


Grants of up to $20,000 are available for homeowners and renters. At least 50% of the work needs to be accessibility-related; the remaining funds can be used for other life-safety and health repairs.

Homeowners: assistance is structured as a 0%-interest forgivable loan with no monthly payments. Grants are forgiven 1/60th each month (fully forgiven after 5 years in the home).

Renters: the property owner must agree to the improvements and commit to keeping the unit available for a low-income senior or person with a disability for at least 5 years. The grant is fully forgiven at the completion of the 5-year period.

Home Accessibility Program grants may also be paired with CPAH’s Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation grant program.

Eligible improvements:

  • Ramps
  • Lifts
  • Accessibility improvements to kitchens and bathrooms
  • Flooring
  • Widening doorways
  • Grab bars
  • Other accessibility, health and safety improvements

Key eligibility criteria:

  • Assistance is available to homeowners and renters living anywhere in Lake County or Evanston
  • Property value limits apply: $276,000 for Cook County and $271,000 for Lake County
  • At least one member of the household must be 62 years old or older or have a disability which substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Renters must get full cooperation from the property owner
  • Homeowners and tenants must use the home as their principal residence
  • Annual GROSS household income (i.e. the combined pre-tax income from all sources for all members of the household) cannot exceed the below limits. Income limits are based on household size.

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
80% AMI $58,350 $66,700 $75,050 $83,350 $90,050 $96,700 $103,400 $110,050


How to apply:

Please call 847.263.7478 ext. 10 for a pre-screening to determine potential eligibility.