Senate File 269 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1establishing a home modification grant program within
2the department on aging, and providing an appropriation.
3BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  231.67  Home modification grant
2program — established — requirements.
   31.  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise
4requires:
   5a.  “Accommodate” means to make a residence accessible for
6a qualified person in a manner that is necessary due to the
7qualified person’s age, disability, or condition.
   8b.  “Medical provider” means a physician, physician
9assistant, advanced registered nurse practitioner, physical
10therapist, or occupational therapist.
   11c.  “Modification or improvement” means a modification of or
12improvement to a qualified person’s residence that is certified
13by a medical provider as being necessary to accommodate the
14qualified person.
   15(1)  A “modification or improvement” includes one or more of
16the following:
   17(a)  Providing for or installing a nonstep entrance.
   18(b)  Providing for or installing exterior or interior ramps.
   19(c)  Providing for or installing stairway lifts or
20elevators.
   21(d)  Providing for or installing handrails or grab bars, or
22the reinforcement of grab bars.
   23(e)  Providing for or installing hardware for doors.
   24(f)  Widening exterior doors or interior hallways to more
25than thirty-six inches.
   26(g)  Widening interior doors to more than thirty-two inches.
   27(h)  Modifying electrical components, including moving
28electrical outlets and switches.
   29(i)  Modifying bathrooms, including but not limited to
30providing for the modification or installation of accessible
31toilets, bathtubs, showers, plumbing, or fixtures.
   32(j)  Modifying kitchens including but not limited to
33providing for the modification or installation of accessible
34countertops, cabinets, appliances, plumbing, or fixtures.
   35(k)  Modifying bedrooms including but not limited to
-1-1the relocation of a bedroom to an accessible space in the
2residence.
   3(2)  A “modification or improvement” may consist of
4improvements to real property following a modification or
5improvement specified in subparagraph (1).
   6(3)  A “modification or improvement” does not include
7the construction of a new residence, or an addition to or
8modification of an existing residence that expands the living
9area but is not otherwise described in this paragraph “c”,
10subparagraph (1).
   11d.  “Qualified homeowner” means a person who meets all of the
12following conditions:
   13(1)  Is the owner of residential real property in this state,
14including a condominium, that is the primary residence of the
15owner.
   16(2)  Is a qualified person or resides with a spouse or
17dependent who is a qualified person.
   18e.  “Qualified person” means a person whose income does not
19exceed three hundred percent of the federal poverty level and
20who meets one of the following conditions:
   21(1)  Is at least sixty-five years of age.
   22(2)  Is living with a disability, as defined in 42 U.S.C.
23§12102.
   24(3)  Has a chronic condition the prognosis for which requires
25a permanent modification to the qualified person’s residence.
   262.  a.  A home modification grant program is established in
27the department. The department shall administer the program
28and provide grants through expenditure of funds appropriated
29to the department for this purpose. Grants shall be made,
30in amounts not to exceed five thousand dollars per primary
31residence, to qualified homeowners for the purposes of
32modification or improvement to a qualified person’s residence
33to accommodate the qualified person.
   34b.  The department shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A
35to administer the program.
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   1c.  Notwithstanding section 8.33, funds appropriated to
2the department for the purposes of the home modification
3grant program under this section that remain unencumbered or
4unobligated at the close of a fiscal year shall not revert
5but shall remain available for expenditure for the purposes
6designated.
7   Sec. 2.  HOME MODIFICATION GRANT PROGRAM —
8APPROPRIATION.
  There is appropriated from the general
9fund of the state to the department on aging for the fiscal
10year beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2020, the
11following amount, or so much thereof as is necessary, to be
12used for the purpose designated:
   13To provide home modification grants pursuant to, and for
14the administration of, the home modification grant program
15established in section 231.67:
..................................................  $161,000,000
17EXPLANATION
18The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
19the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   20This bill establishes a home modification grant program to
21be administered by the department on aging. To receive a grant
22under the program, a qualified homeowner must be the owner of
23a residential real property in the state that is the primary
24residence of the owner and be a qualified person or reside with
25a spouse or dependent who is a qualified person. Under the
26bill, a “qualified person” means a person whose income does
27not exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level and meets
28one of the following conditions: is at least 65 years of age,
29is living with a disability as defined under federal law, or
30has a chronic condition the prognosis for which requires a
31permanent modification to the qualified person’s residence.
32Grants under the program are limited to not more than $5,000
33per primary residence and may only be used for modifications
34or improvements to a qualified person’s residence that are
35certified by a medical provider as necessary to accommodate
-3-1the qualified person. Under the bill, a “modification or
2improvement” may consist of improvements to real property
3following a specified modification or improvement but does not
4include the construction of a new residence or an addition
5to or modification of an existing residence that expands the
6living area but is not otherwise described as an allowable
7modification or improvement under the bill.
   8The bill includes an appropriation to the department on
9aging to provide grants and for the administration of the grant
10program.
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