Home Accessibility Modification (H.A.M.) Program
The Home Access Modification (H.A.M.) Program provides grants for up to $5,000.00 for low to moderate income tenants to make necessary changes to their rental units. Tenants living in apartments or leased single-family residential homes can apply. The Home Accessibility Modification grants are not loans and do not have to be repaid.
Eligible repairs include:
- Wheelchair Ramps
- Bathtub to shower conversions to provide easier access.
- Door widening
- Hearing impaired smoke alarms
- Grab bars
- Mobility or transfer lifts.
The Housing Repair Program does not charge a fee for this service.
Eligible tenants are those who:
- Have a landlord-tenant relationship
- Live in King County, outside the city limits of the City of Seattle and Normandy Park. (Note: The City of Seattle has its own housing repair program. Click here to be transferred. Also, residents of Bellevue, Kent, and Auburn must be referred by their city's respective program. Click here for the contact information on these programs as well as other housing repair resources in King County. )
- Have income no greater than 80 percent of King County capped median income - click here to see if you are income eligible
- Occupy the unit they wish to modify.
We can help you determine if you meet all the eligibility requirements that may apply.
How to Apply for Services
Call 206-263-9095 between 8 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday.
Overview of Application and Repair Process
After a housing repair phone application is taken, you will send in the required financial documentation needed to complete the initial application process. After you have sent your information to us, we will visit you in the comfort of your own home during normal business hours to assess the repair work. Housing Repair Program staff will assist you with the process of contracting with a private construction contractor of your choice. The private contractor will then perform all of the work on your home. Finally, Housing Repair Program staff will provide the payment(s) directly to the contractor once you have approved the work and Housing Repair Program staff have inspected it.The Fair Housing Act requires that a property owner must "permit at the expense of the handicapped person, reasonable modifications of existing premises occupied or to be occupied by such person if such modifications may be necessary to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises..."