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Age Friendly Home Adaptation Grant Program

Post Date:03/09/2018 3:30 p.m.
Every eleven seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room in the United States because of a fall. More than 50% of these falls happen in the home. In Sausalito, falls at home are the number one reason emergency medical services are called.

To help Sausalito residents age 60 or older make their home a safer place, the City's Community Development Department has teamed up with Age Friendly Sausalito to create the Age Friendly Home Adaptation Grant Program. This new program offers reduced-fee or no-cost building permits for home modifications like entry ramps and handrails. Without the grant program, the building permit fee for a new entry ramp could be as high as $350. Younger adults with a disability are also eligible for the program.

To participate in the program, a Sausalito homeowner or renter (with landlord approval) fills out an application form that is available online or from the Community Development Department counter at City Hall. The form requires proof of age or standard proof of disability to determine eligibility. 

A full list of modifications eligible for a reduced-fee or no-cost building permit is available from the Community Development Department counter in City Hall. Examples of eligible modifications include:
  • Stair elevator lifts
  • Ramps to entries
  • Handrails
  • Wider doors
  • No-curb showers
  • Adjustable-height bathroom counters
  • Bracing for grab bars at tubs, showers, and toilets

For residents interested in learning more about the new grant program, a workshop will be held in the Council Chambers at Sausalito City Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14. Speakers include Age-Friendly Architect Michael Sheats, Age Friendly Sausalito Chair Sybil Boutilier, and Sausalito Building Inspector Kenneth Henry.

Copies of a new Age Friendly Home Adaptation Planning Guide are available at the Community Development counter in City Hall. Any questions about the Age Friendly Home Adaptation Grant Program may be directed to Permit Technician McKenna Ramiro at (415) 289-4128.


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AGE FRIENDLY HOME ADAPTATION GRANT PROGRAM


SEE A LIST OF ELIGIBLE ADAPTATION IMPROVEMENTS

APPLY FOR A REDUCED-FEE OR NO-COST BUILDING PERMIT

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