Representative Lawrence Joins Representatives Crist and Delgado to Introduce the Senior Accessible Housing Act
Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Brenda L. Lawrence (D-MI-14), Charlie Crist (D-FL-13), and Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19) announced the introduction of H.R. 8688, the Senior Accessible Housing Act, legislation that would allow seniors in Michigan and across the country to age in place by providing tax credits covering 100 percent of the costs of any modifications to their homes – such as grab bars, wheelchair ramps, walk-in tubs, and more – to allow for safe, independent living. Specifically, the legislation would allow seniors, especially those of lower-income, to take advantage of a lifetime $30,000 refundable tax credit to make necessary home improvements, giving them the option to age in place at home.
“I am proud to join my colleagues for the introduction of the Senior Accessible Housing Act, legislation that would provide tax credits for senior citizens to remain comfortably and independently in their own homes and in familiar neighborhoods,” said Rep. Lawrence. “Given the costs associated with home modifications for aging seniors, this legislation would ease the financial challenges for older adults who seek to make their homes safer and more functional as they continue to age in place.”
The Senior Accessible Housing Act empowers seniors to decide how they want to live by providing a lifetime $30,000 tax credit to cover the costs associated with aging-in-place modifications to their homes.
The tax credit would be refundable and transferable so that even low-income seniors and those on a fixed budget would be able to take advantage of the credit immediately. The legislation would lower Medicaid long-term care spending as more seniors choose to age in place, and decrease Medicare spending by reducing common injuries that occur in the home.
Under the legislation, the Department of Health and Human Services would work with senior groups to publish a list of approved home modifications. It would also require builder certification in modification, building codes, construction standards, and appropriateness of modifications.
The credit would phase out for seniors with $100,000 (single) or $150,000 (married or joint filing separately) in annual income.