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Center for Accessible Living Tornado Relief Application

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Permanent Accessibility for Temporary Housing (PATH) Flash Grant

In response to the tornado damage many Western Kentucky areas have received on December 10, 2021, are Satellite offices wrote for and received a $5000 flash grant from AmeriCares.  This money was to be used to help individuals make temporary relocations more accessible.  We know that are consumers have many needs that are specific to them but also have additional needs that are not covered by medical insurance or other community agencies.  In a response, we have developed this grant application is to help with some of those needs and to support our consumers to live successfully in a home of their choice and to live independently.  Funding can be requested until the money is spent or through June 2023.   Items requested may include but are limited to portable ramps, grab bars, small home modifications approved by landlord, and other durable medical equipment.

Eligibility

Any person with a disability who is a resident of Kentucky and who is or is willing to become a consumer with our agency can be eligible for assistance.  As a consumer of the agency, an individual must have an active independent living goal and be working with our staff to achieve that goal.  The definition of disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as caring for oneself, walking, seeing, hearing or speaking.  In addition to the disability requirement, applicants must earn less than 200% of the poverty level as determined by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Direct Financial Support that can be requested

Any person with a disability who is a resident of Kentucky and who is or is willing to become a consumer with our agency can be eligible for assistance.  As a consumer of the agency, an individual must have an active independent living goal and be working with our staff to achieve that goal.  The definition of disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity such as caring for oneself, walking, seeing, hearing or speaking.  In addition to the disability requirement, applicants must earn less than 200% of the poverty level as determined by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

All requests must be directly related to circumstances caused by the December 10 tornado. Please be aware that financial assistance payments will go directly to the entity in which the payments are made. No cash will be directly delivered to the consumers.

Application Review

Applications will be reviewed by staff and will be funded based off the criteria caused by the December 10 tornado.  The evaluation will be based on need, the documentation of that need, and whether the applicant has demonstrated that the assistance requested will facilitate or support the individual maintaining their independence in the community. In addition, applications will be reviewed to ensure there are no other means for addressing this issue. Referrals will be made to other organizations if the need can be met somewhere else.  This is intended as payment of last resort to assist our consumers who have no other means of support disaster after aftermath. Staff may ask for verification or documentation of the requested items.  Financial eligibility will be assessed.