Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Home Modification Program Act. Provides that the purpose of the Act is to establish a home modification funding system that is streamlined, effective, and administered by experts within the disability community. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services shall establish a Home Modification Program to provide financial assistance to persons with disabilities for home modification projects. Requires the Department to designate a statewide association that represents centers for independent living to serve as the lead agency to administer the Program. Requires the Department to provide funding for the Program. Requires the lead agency to distribute any moneys it receives from the Department to the State's 22 centers for independent living, covering all 102 counties. Provides that the lead agency shall ensure that each center for independent living has access to at least $105,000 to use for home modification projects, with the excess funds subject to reallocation during the 4th fiscal quarter of each year. Contains provisions concerning eligibility requirements for applicants under the Program; standards and qualifications for home modification projects; the lead agency's establishment of a Home Modification Subcommittee to provide additional oversight of the home modification projects; and an administrative fee to the lead agency.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Expands the list of findings to include the following: nearly 3,900,000 veterans receive disability compensation payments; these veterans have sacrificed in service to their country and defense of our freedoms; and home modifications will help Illinois veterans to regain and maintain their own freedom to utilize their homes and access the world around them. Provides that older adults and veterans who have a disability, as defined in the Act, qualify for financial assistance under the Home Modification Program. Requires program applicants to have proof of disability from an agency other than a center for independent living when a disability is not obvious or readily apparent. Provides that, in addition to other local, State, and federal requirements, all contractors must follow the requirements under the Illinois Accessibility Code. Expands the definition of "home modification" to include any change to the structure of a residential home or property to create universal design. Defines "universal design" to mean any dwelling unit designed and constructed that is safe and accessible for everyone, regardless of age, physical ability, or stature. Makes technical changes.