The Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council was awarded a grant to needy families in Southern Illinois. Officials say, The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) awarded Western Egyptian $170,000 to help seven families in Jackson, Monroe, Perry and Randolph Counties. The Home Accessibility Program is made to assist disabled individuals and seniors remain independent. Accommodations made for these installing ramps, bathroom handrails and even fixing leaking roofs. Individuals and homes that are able typically receive $5,000 to $20,000 in assistance. This is part of a five year loan for work to be done on an eligible home. For households to receive assistance there must be at least one person who has a disability or a senior over the age of 60.House holds that may be eligible for the program can submit applications beginning on Monday, but only for a short time.