Full Text of HB1587 102nd General Assembly
HB1587eng 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Modification Program Act.
The General Assembly finds and
declares the following:
(1) The national average monthly cost for a private
nursing home room in 2020 was $8,821 ($105,852 annually).
Home modifications paired with other resources can allow
individuals to remain in their homes at a lower overall
(2) According to an AARP study, 90% of people age 65
and over would prefer to stay in their own homes as they
get older and not go to a nursing home or assisted living
(3) On June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court
held in Olmstead v. L.C., 119 S. Ct. 2176 (1999), that
unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities
constitutes discrimination in violation of Title II of the
Americans with Disabilities Act. At the heart of its
decision were 2 concepts. First, "institutional placement
of persons who can handle and benefit from community
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settings perpetuates unwarranted assumptions that persons
so isolated are incapable of or unworthy of participating
in community life". Second, "confinement in an institution
severely diminishes the everyday life activities of
individuals, including family relations, social contacts,
work options, economic independence, educational
advancement, and cultural enrichment".
(4) The United States has roughly 1,200,000 adults in
nursing homes and over 360,000 people in psychiatric and
other 24-hour care institutions across the country, and
waiting lists for housing subsidies across the country
average over 2,000 households per list and have a median
of 1.5 years, and up to 7-year waits in some areas.
(5) There is an estimated shortage of 7,000,000
affordable housing units and less than 5% of the units
that do exist fit access standards for individuals with
moderate mobility needs. In Chicago, less than 1% of units
(6) With a growing shortage of nurses and caregivers,
home modifications can reduce the need for home support
and alleviate stress on the health care system.
(7) Current grant recipients of home modifications
funding have not had access to the expertise needed to
effectively provide resources and or services for people
with disabilities. Centers for independent living possess
the expertise to provide knowledgeable guidance to assist
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people with disabilities with home modifications through
accessibility audits of current or prospective homes to
guarantee equal opportunity to live in the community.
The purpose of this Act is to
establish a home modification funding system that is
streamlined, effective, and administered by experts within the
As used in this Act:
"Home modification" means any change to the structure
of a residential home or property to create barrier free
living, provide access to and from the home, or avoid
institutionalized or congregate placement for persons with
"Disability" means, with respect to an individual:
(1) a physical or mental impairment that
substantially limits one or more major life activities
of the individual;
(2) a record of such an impairment; or
(3) being regarded as having such an impairment.
An individual meets the requirement of "being regarded
as having such an impairment" if the individual
establishes that he or she has been subjected to an
action prohibited under the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 because of an actual or
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perceived physical or mental impairment whether or not
the impairment limits or is perceived to limit a major
Home Modification Program.
The Department of
Human Services shall establish a Home Modification Program to
provide financial assistance to persons with disabilities for
home modification projects. The Department shall designate a
statewide association that represents centers for independent
living to serve as the lead agency to administer the program.
The Department shall provide funding to the lead agency for
the program. The lead agency shall distribute any moneys it
receives from the Department to the State's 22 centers for
independent living, covering all 102 counties. 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. The requirements of this
Section are subject to the availability of appropriations to
the Department of Human Services in an amount sufficient for
the Department to implement and administer the Home
Home modification standards and
(a) To qualify for financial assistance under the Home
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Modification Program, an applicant must:
(1) be a resident of the State of Illinois;
(2) be a person with a disability as defined in
(3) have proof of disability from an agency other than
a center for independent living;
(4) be a homeowner or a residential tenant who has
obtained the permission of his or her landlord to make the
home modification. If a tenant and landlord agree to the
home modification, both parties must sign off on final
approval, as well as sign a statement of non-fraudulent
(5) have income that does not exceed 200% of area
An applicant may be subject to additional reasonable
requirements established by the lead agency that further the
purposes of this Act.
(1) An applicant's home must undergo a thorough
assessment by a trained center for independent living
staff member. The staff member shall make a written report
of the results of the assessment.
(2) The lead agency shall establish a Home
Modification Subcommittee of experienced center for
independent living staff to provide additional oversight,
including, but not limited to:
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(A) Reviewing the submitted assessment report and
bid for at least the first 3 home modification
requests from a center for independent living or when
new staff is hired.
(B) Reviewing any request for more than $35,000.
(1) When selecting a contractor, a center for
independent living must seek bids from at least 2
contractors, choosing the lowest responsible bidder.
(2) All contractors must be licensed, where
applicable, insured, and follow all local, State, and
Administration of home modification funds.
lead agency shall receive an administrative fee of 3% from all
moneys that are passed through the lead agency for the purpose
of the Home Modification Program.