TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of
Ontario and the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board
(TBDSSAB) today celebrated increased funding for a program that will help up
to 250 low-income households make urgent home repairs.
The Northern Home Repair Program helps homeowners make repairs to address
home health and safety problems or modify their homes to meet the needs of
household members with disabilities. $900,000 in funding was recently
reallocated from homeownership funds into the $4 million program that is
funded under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
The announcement was made by Joe Comuzzi, Member of Parliament for
Thunder Bay - Superior North, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg,
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada, and the Honourable
Jim Watson, Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
"The Government of Canada is committed to making affordable housing
available in Ontario and across Canada for those who need it most," said MP
Comuzzi. "Here in Thunder Bay, the Northern Home Repair Program will allow
homeowners to live in safe, quality housing and help them to build a better
and stronger future."
"This is a great example of what can be accomplished when governments
work together, and I am pleased to see this kind of assistance being offered
to low-income families in Thunder Bay District," said Minister Watson. "This
program will help low-income families make vital repairs and modifications
that they would otherwise be unable to do."
Eligible repairs include remediation of major structural, electrical,
plumbing, heating, fire safety, septic and water system deficiencies.
Modifications to accommodate people with disabilities, such as wheelchair
ramps and lifts, are also eligible for funding under the program. Funding is
limited to low-income households. The maximum amount an applicant may receive
is based on family size.
"There is definitely a great deal of interest in the program," said Iain
Angus, Chair of the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administrative Board
(TBDSSAB). "The program's target is to assist 250 homeowners with an average
of $20,000 per home. Staff will be networking with community agencies and
groups to promote the program to seniors and families who may need
accessibility and mobility modifications or address heath and safety issues in
their home. Homeowners who've had repairs completed to their homes are very
grateful and appreciate the Government's commitment to affordable housing
Under the Northern Home Repair Program, qualified homeowners receive
forgivable grants or loans. The home must remain the principal and sole
resident of the applicant for 20 years to earn forgiveness of the loan.
Under the Northern component of the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing
Program, funding is used to rehabilitate, renovate or replace substandard
housing which will help to preserve affordable housing for low-income families
in Northern Ontario.
The Canada - Ontario Affordable Housing Program comprises a commitment of
$301 million from each of the two senior levels of government. In total, the
federal, provincial and municipal governments will invest at least
$734 million in the program, which will provide affordable housing for 20,000
households in Ontario.
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For more information visit: http://www.cmhc.ca
For further information and details on how you can apply, visit the
TBDSSAB website at http://www.tbdssab.on.ca or call the office at (807)
766-2111, ext. 4070 or 2104.
For further information:
For further information: Media Inquiries: Susan Monic, Canada Mortgage
and Housing Corporation, (416) 250-2745; Iain Angus, Chair, District of
Thunder Bay Social Services Department, (807) 474-0926; Adam Grachnik, Office
of Minister Watson, (416) 585-6492