Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

Media Contact:
Kristina Tirloni 512-475-4743

Public Inquiries:
TDHCA Housing Resource Center


Mailing Address:
Public and Policy Affairs
P.O. Box 13941
Austin, Tx 78711

Physical Address:
221 East 11th Street
Austin, Tx 78701

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TDHCA celebrates the Amy Young Barrier Removal Program

Known as National Mobility Awareness Month, TDHCA marks this month by recognizing the 20+ statewide partners that help make homes more accessible for persons with disabilities through the Amy Young Barrier Removal Program (AYBR).

Launched in May 2010, the AYBR Program has to date assisted more than 1,300 households by adding handrails and ramps, widening doors, adjusting countertops and cabinets to appropriate heights, installing buzzing or flashing devices for persons with visual or hearing impairments, and installing accessible showers, toilets, and sinks.

The Program provides one-time grants for up to $22,500 per home with at least 75 percent of each home’s total grant to be used for barrier removal. Up to 25 percent of each home’s total grant may be used for health or safety hazard removal, unless otherwise approved by the Department. Funds target qualifying individuals who earn no more than 80 percent of the area median family income.

“TDHCA is proud to credit our statewide partners with how efficiently the AYBR Program runs,” said Diana Velez, TDHCA’s program administrator for AYBR. “Even with the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and increased construction costs, our administrators have proven very resourceful in finding alternative materials and methods to making vulnerable Texans’ homes accessible and safe.”

Learn more at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/htf/single-family/amy-young.htm.


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