Helping to make homes accessible for persons with disabilities & senior Austinites

Architectural barriers are physical elements of a home that can make it difficult to easily enter, leave or move around your home. Eligible homeowners and renters can receive up to $15,000 for improvements.

Home modifications can make it easier to get around a home safely. Modifications are provided at no cost to eligible, qualifying households. Some services may include:
Icon for person in wheelchairReplacing stairs with ramps

Stairs are a hazard for many, not just those in wheelchairs but for anyone with limited mobility. A ramp into your home allows you to come and go as you like.

Icon for bathroom accessibilityRemoving bathroom barriers

Bathrooms can present many obstacles. The tub can be challenging if it has tall sides that create a tricky physical barrier to entry. Modifications such as grab bars, lowering sinks and step-in tubs allow for more independence & safety.

Icon for widen doorways Widening doorways & upgrading doorknobs

Most doorways are too narrow for a wheelchair to go through, so widening doorways is a recommended home modification. Some styles of doorknobs are hard to use for those who have a hard time gripping. Replacing doorknobs with push/pull bars, or press lever handles will increase your home’s accessibility.

These are just some of the available upgrades that may help you get around your home safely.

 

Who is eligible?
 
  • Austin homeowners & renters living within Austin’s full purpose city limits.  Renters must have landlord approval before applying.
  • Austinites must be at least 62 years old ~OR~ verified by a doctor to be severely disabled per Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.
  • Austinites must have a gross annual income at/below 80% Median Family Income (MFI). The table below shows the income limits by number of persons living in the home.
Application process

1. Complete the Home Repair Application ( Spanish )

2. Submit application with required documentation.
 
3. Applications are reviewed by Housing & Planning staff within 30 days
 
4. A construction coordinator is assigned to oversee the project.
 
5. Construction scheduling varies based on need, project size, and repairs needed.

 

Call 512-974-3100, 311, or email hpdcs@austintexas.gov with questions.

For a checklist of other programs and resources that are available, go to the Austin Is My Home page.

Download a flyer about this and other Housing & Planning Department Home Repair Programs.