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Pennsylvania Becomes More "Visitable"
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 30, 2006

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA--In a move designed to help Pennsylvanians, and their guests, with disabilities be more included in homes across the state, Governor Edward G. Rendell has signed a bipartisan measure into law that allows municipalities, school districts and counties to offer tax credits to homeowners who make homes more "visitable".

Senate Bill 1158 creates a Residential Visitability Design Tax Credit of up to $2,500 for those who wish to add such accessibility features as wider doorways, larger bathrooms, and reinforced walls to install grab bars to new or existing homes.

"Too many Pennsylvanians are forced into nursing homes because they can no longer get around in the homes they've lived in most of their lives," Rendell said as he signed the law last Saturday.

Related press release:
"Governor Signs Bill to Help Seniors, Others Stay in Their Homes, Visit Family, Enjoy Better Quality of Life" (Pennsylvania Office of the Governor)


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