A free community program to assist low to moderate-income seniors and the disabled with fire safety and home accessibility upgrades is now available, says Ruth Ann Crawford, the Alameda Housing Safety Accessibility assistant and educator for the Alameda Fire Department in an announcement.
Who is eligible for the program?
Alameda residents who are 62 years or older and Alameda residents with disabilities are eligible. To participate, your income must fall within guidelines of the program. If your household is one person, your annual income can be no more than $45,500; two persons, $52,000; three persons, $58,500; and four persons, $64,950. Income is verified by the program staff before help is provided.
What the program provides:
- Courtesy safety checks of homes to look for obvious fire or safety hazards.
- Free installation of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, nightlights, and other fire and fall safety devices.
- Free bathroom grab-bars, or raised toilet fixtures and their installation.
Free household modifications may include construction of wheelchair
ramps and widening of doorways. (Some assistance may be provided to help seniors locate sources of low or no-interest loans if their home modification project exceeds the scope of this program.)
Also available are brochures on how to prevent fires and falls and on electrical fire safety.
Who sponsors the program?
It is funded through different sources, including H.U.D. (Housing and Urban Development). Community partners involved with the program are the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda, , Kiwanis International, and the Boy Scouts of America.
"People are very grateful for this program. Almost everyone who is helped by it says they couldn't have made these improvements on their own," says Crawford.
Those who think they are eligible should call (510) 337-2133 to confirm eligibility and receive an application. (You can also call on behalf of a senior or person with a disability who may not be able to call on their own.)