County Grant Could Lead to More Housing Options For Simcoe’s Seniors

County Council Approves $500,000 in Annual Grants

The County hopes an age-friendly grant could boost the housing market for seniors in Simcoe.

County Council has approved $500,000 in annual funding towards a program that would provide grants to creating age-friendly housing; renovation or new housing developments would apply.

“The County continues to take action with strategies to enhance regional support services and resources that address our aging population and affordable housing needs,” said County Warden George Cornell. “This grant program is an important initiative that aligns with our Age-Friendly strategy and provides an incentive for residents to help us create greater housing capacity so more seniors can live independently in their communities longer.”

Barrie and Orillia would be exempt, but eligible applicants include those completing housing projects located within Simcoe County, including homeowners and developers alike.

Grants would be awarded under three streams: accessible housing design for seniors, design for those with dementia, and designs that go above and beyond accessibility compliance standards. Deadline to apply is May 15th of this year.