Introducing Ramp Up Indiana
Ramps are one of the most common modifications needed by households with a member who has a mobility impairment. Ramps can accommodate a broad range of physical needs and requirements, increase safety and reduce the risk of failing, and can help maintain a person’s independence. In other words, ramps allow individuals to age-in-place in their homes. However, with prices often ranging between $1000-$1500, many homeowners cannot afford ramp installation. To address this unmet need, in March 2016 the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (“IHCDA”) launched a new initiative called Ramp Up Indiana.
Ramp Up Indiana provides grants of up to $25,000 to non-profit organizations to undertake homeowner modifications for the construction or installation of exterior ramps for homeowners at or below 80% of area median income that need to improve the accessibility of their homes. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) non-profit entities that can demonstrate an organizational mission or focus related to serving the housing needs of persons with disabilities, including but not limited to organizations such as Centers for Independent Living, Area Agencies on Aging, Community Action Agencies, Community Housing Development Organizations, etc. Through Ramp Up, IHCDA anticipates 150-200 ramps will be built throughout Indiana.
This program is intended solely for the construction or installation of ramps to create one accessible entrance into the home. The door served by the ramp can be any exterior door, such as the front door, back door, or entrance through a garage. In addition to the ramp itself, the following modifications can also be funded, but only in conjunction with construction or installation of a ramp:
- Widening of the exterior door that will be served by the ramp to allow at least 32 inches of clear passage.
- Installation of a rubber or aluminum doorway threshold ramp with beveled or flat edges to reduce the maximum threshold height and allow access through the door.
- Installation of a levered door handle on the exterior door served by the ramp.
Additional information, including the full program policy, brochure, and frequently asked questions can be found online at www.in.gov/ihcda/rampupindiana.htm. IHCDA is also willing to provide one-on-one technical assistance to interested applicants upon request.