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Free loans to build accessible housing in Vancouver.


According to the Vancouver News 1130 website, Some seniors and people with disabilities may be eligible for a free $20,000 dollar loan. It's to help building more accessible housing.

"The feds and the province are chipping in 15 million dollars over three years. If you're accepted you can make renovations to your home like building ramps, seating in the bathtub, to help make things a little easier.
Shayne Ramsay with BC Housing says you don't have necessarily have to be a homeowner to take part.
"Owners in Strata corporations are also eligible. A tenant can work with their landlord in a rental building and qualify for both renovations to their until and the common area."
If you're rejected you have 30 days to hand it a written statement asking for a review.

The Government of Canada, through CMHC, will invest more than $2 billion in housing this year. Of this amount, $1.7 billion will be spent in support of almost 615,000 households living in existing social housing. In British Columbia, this represents some 71,000 households.

Over the last decade, the Province has invested $2.8 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families. This investment has helped create close to 21,000 new units of affordable housing - and almost doubled the number of households who qualify for assistance.

This year, the Province will invest approximately half a billion dollars in a diverse range of social housing programs to help more than 95,000 people keep the cost of housing more affordable in British Columbia."

The Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities in British Columbia to continue to live in the comfort of their home.

For more info Vancouver residents can call 1-800-407-7757 toll free or visit the website.

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