Residential Improved Accessibility and Universal Visitability Grant Fund and Program; established. (SB1342)

Introduced By

Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon) with support from co-patrons Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), and Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Residential Improved Accessibility and Universal Visitability Grant Program. Establishes a grant program for homeowners and contractors for the purchase or construction of new residences or renovations to existing residences designed to improve accessibility or to provide universal visitability. The grant program would be administered by the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development. Subject to the appropriation of funds by the General Assembly, the Director would be authorized to award up to $1 million in grants each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2016, of which the Director would allocate 50 percent for the purchase or construction of new residences and 50 percent for the retrofitting or renovation of existing residences. The maximum grant allowed would be (i) $5,000 for the purchase or construction of a new residence or (ii) 50 percent of the amount expended, but not to exceed $5,000, for the retrofitting or renovation of an existing residence. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/19/2015Presented and ordered printed 15103067D
01/19/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/30/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1342)
02/02/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Placed on Calendar
02/09/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/11/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
02/17/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/17/2015Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/2015Reported from General Laws (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2015Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/18/2015Assigned App. sub: Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources
02/20/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/24/2015Left in Appropriations

Comments

Zack Miller writes:

The Virginia Housing Coalition supports this legislation. Funds for accessibility improvements are needed in Virginia's existing and new housing stock. As Virginia's age wave continues to hit, making homes more accessible is a sensible, low cost way to help Virginian's "age in place".