DIRECT Center for Independence, Inc. Tucson Arizona

About DIRECT Center for Independence
DIRECT Center for Independence Programs
DIRECT Center for Independence News
Contact an individual at the DIRECT Center for Independence
DIRECT Center for Independence homepage

DIRECT Center for Independence Programs

Home Accessibility Program | Benefits to Work Program | Independent Living Skills Program | Information and Referral Program | Peer Counseling Program | This Is My Life | Benefit Offset National Demonstration

Home Accessbility Program
Gail Bouchee, ASID
Home Access Program Coordinator

Pamela Portwood, Allied ASID
Housing Program Specialist

Home Accessibility

The Home Access Program (HAP) at DIRECT provides home modifications for the elderly and persons with disabilities with the goal of increasing the safety, accessibility, and independence in the home. The first funding for this service was received in 1982 from the City of Tucson and a year later funding began for residence in Pima County. Currently, the Program is doing assessments for individuals covered by the Mercy Care Plan. Over the past thirty years, thousands of individuals have received home modifications through this program. Home modifications and adaptations can include work-in bathrooms, kitchens, interior/exterior ramps, low-rise steps, widened doorways, and other work as needed.

What are the Program Qualifications?

  • There are income guidelines for individuals wishing to apply for all program funding with the exception of Mercy Care. Income eligibility also varies upon household size. Call to see if you qualify.
  • The program requires you and/or an immediate family member to own and occupy the home.
  • What are the Benefits of Creating an Accessible Home?

  • Increased safety, accessibility, and independence for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
  • Decreased stressors, and health/safety risks for family members and caregivers of individuals with disabilities.
  • Decreased reliance on other services such as home health care, and assisted living and nursing home placement.
  • Increased opportunity for individuals to remain in their own home, and decreased reliance on subsidized housing.
  • A decreased reliance on other costly community services, like police, fire, and paramedics.
  • What Kinds of Modifications Should I Expect?

    This program is intended to assist individuals who are having difficulty with accessibility issues in their home. Modifications may include:

  • Installation of ramps
  • Bathroom accessibility
  • Door widening
  • All home modification work is done by licensed, bonded and insured contractors.