AARP Foundation is launching a new program for organizations whose goal is to create better access to housing for the struggling 50+ population or help them maintain current living arrangements as they continue to age.
The new program was announced on Wednesday after the foundation issued a formal request for proposal (RFP) targeted at identifying those sorts of organizations. AARP Foundation is encouraging organizations to create new models of home modification that benefit older households who are affected but unaffordable or inadequate housing.
“As Americans age, the need for safe and affordable housing options becomes even more critical,” said AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins in a statement. “High housing costs, aging homes, and costly repairs can greatly impact those with limited incomes. Our housing grants program will support organizations that work to alleviate the affects of the housing crisis for people 50 and older.”
Grants will be awarded through the competitive RFP method to eligible organizations in the U.S. that have demonstrated a track record in providing home-repair assistance to households on a nationwide or large regional level.
AARP Foundation will award more than $1 million in grants across impact areas, distributed by its Office of Grants Administration; awardees will be announced in December 2012.
The submission process has two components: a letter of inquiry and a grant proposal. Only organizations that have been invited to submit a full proposal may do so, but this does not guarantee funding, AARP notes. The deadline for submitting a letter of inquiry is August 17, 2012.
More information can be found here.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated the $1 million in grants would go to housing recipients. Rather, the grants will be awarded across impact areas.
Written by Alyssa Gerace