Many elders and disabled folks are doing well living at home, but their house needs some modification to make life a little easier. Maybe it’s building a wheelchair ramp to the front door, widening doorways, modifying the kitchen and bathroom, or installing a lift. Whatever it might be, the state is providing very low- or no-cost loans to homeowners and to landlords of small buildings (under 10 units).
Loans are for up to $30,000 and are based on very generous income guidelines. For example, a two-person household with an annual income of up to $72,200 qualify for the 0% loans, and couples with incomes up to $144,400 qualify for the 3% loans. The 0% loans are repaid when the house is later sold, and the 3% loans are paid back on a monthly basis within 5 – 10 years of the time the loan is made.
This is a great opportunity to make those one or two modifications to your home that would make it much easier to remain there longer.
For full details, see the Home Loan Modification Program’s website, or for South Shore residents, call Mary Ann Walsh at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, 508.202.5919.