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Safe at Home

In an effort to allow seniors and residents living with disabilities to remain independent at home, the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and DC Office on Aging  (DCOA) have partnered to create Safe at Home. This program focuses on providing housing modifications that greatly improve the safety and quality of life for these residents.

Safe at Home provides home accessibility adaptation grants of up to $6,000 to reduce the risk of falls and other barriers that limit mobility. Participants can acquire equipment that they would not be able to afford on their own, and allows those who have been confined the ability to get in and out of their home freely. 


  • Seniors ages 60 and older
  • Persons living with a disability ages 18-59
  • Homeowners or renters with an annual household income at or below 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI)

Types of Modifications

Home modifications could include: bed transfer handles, furniture risers, handrails, lamps, shower seats, stair lifts, or toilet handles.

How to Enroll

The Safe at Home program is administered by Home Care Partners, a DCOA grantee, which assists qualified applicants through the enrollment process. Enrolled participants will receive an in-home assessment from occupational therapists to identify problematic areas and develop a list of modifications and equipment.

For more information on how you can apply for Safe at Home, call (202) 724-5626.