Aging In Place

Aging in Place is a new HPD initiative that works with buildings already receiving financing through an HPD Preservation loan program to assess and finance in-unit and building-wide modifications to assist seniors and people with disabilities in those buildings maintain independent, safe and comfortable lives.

Many seniors prefer to age in their homes and communities. Individuals with disabilities also struggle to find accessible housing in their neighborhoods. In order to facilitate seniors' ability to age in place, and to help create inclusive neighborhoods for people with disabilities, HPD enhanced its building assessment process to better identify in-unit and building-wide modifications needed to make apartments accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Modifications will be completed in conjunction with a building owner's application for a rehabilitation project with a Preservation loan program. Building owners can start to include in-unit and building-wide accessibility modifications in their projects effective immediately. 

Please contact or your HPD project manager to get more information. 


Examples of the building-wide modifications may include the installation of: 

  • Lever door handles on exterior doors
  • Additional handrails on stairwells
  • Slip-resistant flooring in common areas
  • Easy-to-use intercom systems
  • Repair of uneven flooring or removal of trip hazards

Examples of individual apartment modifications may include the installation of: 

  • Grab bars in bathrooms
  • Improved lighting
  • Adjustable kitchen shelving
  • Lever door handles on interior doors
  • Slip-resistant flooring
The kitchen and bathroom sketches below include a comprehensive list of the modifications that could be installed in your apartment:

Kitchen modifications


Bathroom modifications


  • How to Guide: coming soon!
  • Aging in Place video: coming soon!

Additional Resources for Seniors and People with Disabilities