Westchester County Habitat for Humanity, a subsidiary chapter of Habitat for Humanity New York City and Westchester County, is delighted to launch our inaugural program, Aging in Place (AIP), in partnership with Westchester Residential Opportunities.
Designed to advance housing and health equity, AIP enables seniors to continue living independently in their homes, while saving money and protecting the environment. The home repair and energy efficiency program focuses on modifications to improve safety and mobility, like grab bars, lighting, porch repair, and exterior accessibility assistance.
“Aging in Place grew out of extensive stakeholder engagement that helped us to understand the unique housing needs of communities across Westchester County and determine where Habitat could make the most impact,” said Karen Haycox, CEO, Habitat NYC and Westchester. “The acute and growing demand for resources that empower seniors to remain safely and independently in their homes was a common refrain.”
With the philanthropic support of inaugural partners, the Field Hall Foundation, Bank of America, Con Edison, and M&T Bank, AIP seeks to build a Westchester where all seniors can flourish where they live with safety and dignity, family and friends.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and former U.S. Representative Mondaire Jones also directed $500,000 in Congressionally appropriated funds to support seniors in need of these services.
Additional funding is imperative to expand our scope and impact. This will enable Westchester Habitat to broaden services to include the installation of entry ramps, stair lifts, bathroom remodels, and other modifications to further enhance quality of life for seniors. Our collaboration with NYSERDA-certified contractor Centsible House allows us to increase our impact helping seniors access significant weatherization and energy efficiency repairs.
AIP is seeking clients, partners and funders. For more information, including income restrictions, or to download an application, visit www.habitatnycwc.org/aging-in-place.
Read the press release here.