Disability Options Network
Disability Options Network - Housing Preservation Program
Grant provides funds for needed repairs and renovations for homeowners with primary residences located in a USDA eligible area, with very low to low income, who have a disability, or a household member with a disability.

Repairs and renovations to homes will include, but will not be limited to: (1) the installation and/or repair of sanitary water and waste disposal systems to meet local health department requirements; (2) the installation of energy conservation materials such as insulation and storm windows and doors; (3) the repair or replacement of heating systems; (4) the repair of electrical wiring systems; (5) the repair of structural supports and foundations; (6) the repair or replacement of the roof; (7) the repair of deteriorated siding, porches, or stoops; (8) the alteration of a home’s interior to provide greater accessibility for a family member with a disability; and (9) additions to the property that are necessary to alleviate overcrowding or to remove health hazards to the occupants.

Repairs to manufactured homes or mobile homes will be considered if (1) the recipient owns the home and site, and has occupied the home on that site for at least one year, and (2) the home is on a permanent foundation or will be put on a permanent foundation with the funds to be received through the program. DON will consider funding up to 25% for improvements that do not contribute to the health, safety, or well-being of the occupants; or materially contribute to the long-term preservation of the unit. These improvements may include painting, paneling, carpeting, air conditioning, and improving closets and kitchen cabinets.
1929 East Washington Street
New Castle, PA 16102
Eligibility:
All applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. Own the home for at least one year prior to application and occupy the home.
2. Homeowner must intend to occupy the dwelling subsequent to repairs being made.
3. Home must be located in a rural area in Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, or Mercer Counties.
* Find eligible areas here: https://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do
4. Homeowner or household member must have a disability.
5. Homeowner must have exhausted all other funding resources.
6. Household income must meet the very low (Very low income will receive at least 80% of program funds) or low income limit guidelines.
7. Home repairs or renovations must remove or correct health or safety hazards, to comply with applicable development standards or codes, or to make needed repairs to improve the general living conditions of the home, including reducing overcrowding.
Hours: Website available 24/7.

Call for information about processing times and hours when staff is available to assist with the application if needed.
Phone/FAX Numbers
  • (724) 652-5144 Main
  • (724) 654-3340 Emergency/After Hours
  • (866) 652-5121 Toll-Free
  • (724) 652-5144 Administration
Email Address: info@doninc.org
Intake Requirements:
Required Documentation
1. Verification of total household income for all individuals living at the address:
acceptable proofs of income:
* 1 month of pay stubs, Social Security Statement(s),
* Social Services Benefit Statement(s),
* Income Tax Statement(s),
* Food Stamps,
* Rental Income,
* Most recent federal income tax return with W-2’s.
2. Deed to land OR title to mobile home and deed to lot.
3. Current paid Property tax bill (please specify if paid by monthly mortgage).
4. Current homeowner’s insurance policy declaration/premium page.
5. Most recent bank statements; checking and savings accounts.

Additional terms and conditions may apply.
Intake Procedure: Print and fill out the DISABILITY OPTIONS NETWORK/USDA HOUSING
PRESERVATION PROGRAM APPLICATION
.

Mail the application to:
Disability Options Network Housing Department
831 Harrison Street
New Castle, PA 16101

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information or assistance with filling out this application should contact our office by telephone (724) 652-5144, Fax (724) 856-8973, or TTY/VP (724) 652-5152.
Services:
  • Home Barrier Removal Grants
  • Home Maintenance and Minor Repair Grants/Loans
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