December 4, 2012
The Redevelopment Authority and the Washington County Board of Commissioners received the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania’s Housing Hero Award on December 4, 2012 during the Housing Alliance Homes within Reach Conference for supporting affordable, accessible housing. The Washington County project is one of only four projects that received an award.
The Redevelopment Authority recognized the need for accessible, new construction homes and developed the Accessibility Homebuyer Assistance Program in 2011 in collaboration with Accessible Dreams, a 501c3 and affiliate organization of Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living. The mission of Accessible Dreams is to assist persons with disabilities and teach the life skills necessary to achieve independent living.
The goal of the Accessibility Homebuyer Assistance Program is to provide fully accessible, new construction homes to eligible, low-income buyers with physical disabilities that impact their housing choice. The affordable, barrier-free homes constructed under the program are designed to provide open floor plans so that persons with disabilities can live independently.
The Program utilizes Washington County Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds which are received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The HOME Program is the largest Federal block grant designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Washington County continues to utilize HOME funds to undertake projects that provide affordable housing to low-income residents.