United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Housing Development Agency, and a variety of collaborating organizations across Tennessee formed the Tennessee Disability Housing Assistance Program. Working through a statewide partner network, donations are allocated to meet specific home and community based housing needs of low income persons with disabilities in Tennessee who do not receive housing supports through state Medicaid Waiver programs. The Carol M. Peterson Housing Fund joined the initiative with financial supports in 2011.
Uses of the fund
Depending on specifications of the donor, the overall fund may be used for a variety of purposes specific to disability related housing needs. However, it is important to understand that some donors require that funds must be spent on housing modifications, so funding may not be available for all aspects of the program at all times.
The fund is used for small construction activities specific to disability needs such as widening doorways for wheelchair access, modifying bathrooms, and installing grab bars.
Eligibility for the fund was established according to the same basic criteria as the state’s Family Support Program. UCP must document that applicants have a disability that results in a substantial limitation in three or more major life activities and the disability is long-term or likely to continue indefinitely. Individuals must also meet the family income guidelines established by THDA. These guidelines are based on total household income and the number of people living in the home.
Funding Per Household
These grants are for small projects, generally in the range of $5,000. Larger projects will be considered if there are additional sources of funding support.
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For more information about the Tennessee Disability Housing Assistance Program, or to request to have an application mailed or faxed to you call 615-242-4091 and ask for John Pickett, Program Director