We help people with disabilities lead more independent lives by creating accessibility. Our Home Accessibility Program ensures that people with disabilities have the home modifications they need for safe access and increased independence in their homes. Common modifications include ramps, grab bars, roll-in showers, widened doorways and handrails. We are experts in evaluating and meeting the needs of people with all types of disabilities.

Home Modification and Accessibility Assessments

This service provides recommendations for renovations, modifications, or devices that increase accessibility and safety in new or existing homes.

  • On site survey of home and/or property
  • Home modification planning
  • Report of findings and recommendations for improving access and safety
  • Information and referral to potential funding sources, loan programs.

Ramps Project

The Ramps Project allows people with a disability to return home or to continue to live independently in their homes by improving access and safety through the installation of an accessible ramp. SEMCIL assists consumers to locate funding resources and ensures that ramps are constructed in a safe and cost effective manner that meets or exceeds accessibility guidelines.

  • On site assessment of property to identify appropriate ramp style, size and placement
  • Coordination and collection of project bids from licensed, bonded contractors
  • Follow up evaluation to ensure consumer satisfaction, ramp quality and safety

Temporary (Portable) Ramp Program

The SEMCIL Temporary Ramp Program provides temporary ramps for consumes who need safe, accessible access to their home for a limited amount of time. Temporary ramps are rented on a weekly or monthly basis, for up to six months. Because these ramps are portable, we are able to redeploy them when they are no longer needed. There are modest set up and rental fees associated with this program.

To view the Temporary Ramp Program flyer, click here: Temp Ramp Brochure


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

SEMCIL applies for and is a frequent recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding through the City of Rochester. SEMCIL uses this funding to provide ramps and other home modifications for eligible people with disabilities. Funding is only available to residents of the city of Rochester, who also meet the federal income guideline set by HUD for this area.

Medical Assistance Home and Community Based Waivers

Some waivers will fund ramps and home modifications for people with disabilities on a waiver.

Minnesota Money Follows the Person

Moving Home Minnesota is a person-centered approach to help people transition from nursing home and other institutional settings to community living that meets their needs and wants. Moving Home Minnesota services are available to eligible Minnesota residents for up to one year after their move from institutional care.