The County of Simcoe is hoping to increase the amount of accessible housing market for seniors through an Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Program.
“As our population continues to age, the County is focused on key strategies to enhance regional support services and resources that address our community’s needs, including affordable and attainable housing,” said Warden George Cornell. “This grant program aligns with our Age-Friendly strategy and helps us to increase our housing capacity so more seniors can continue to live independently.”
The grant program is part of the Simcoe County 2018-2023 Positive Aging Strategy, which contains several recommendations for the County and its municipalities on meeting the needs of the region’s aging population. The Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Program funds projects that incorporate accessible, adaptable and inclusive designs, which allow seniors to continue to thrive in their communities for as long as possible.
Applicants can be homeowners looking to adapt their homes or developers who want to include accessible seniors housing in their projects.
Grants will be awarded under three streams: accessible housing design for seniors; design for individuals with dementia; and the provision of support services for housing that incorporates enhanced aspects of accessibility over and above compliance with the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and building code standards for residential units.
To qualify, the housing projects must be within the boundaries of the County’s 16 municipalities, which does not include the cities of Barrie and Orillia. Grant amounts will be distributed based on the number of applications received and the ability to meet funding criteria.
The deadline for 2020 application submissions is March 31, 2020.
For further details, or to apply to the Age-Friendly Housing Seniors Grant Program.
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