More than $3 million has been invested this year by the province and the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp. (NLHC) Home Modification Program to help nearly 500 homeowners with low-to-moderate incomes make accessibility modifications to their homes.
Tom Hedderson, minister responsible for the NLHC, said the annual program helps seniors and people with disabilities afford the modifications they need to “make their living spaces more manageable and comfortable,”
Hedderson said there are many ways to enhance the accessibility of a home, and “the Home Modification Program is designed to provide people the opportunity to address accessibility needs, which in turn enables people to continue living in their own homes.”
The average program user is about 68 years of age, has a household income of about $18,200, and lives in a 47-year-old house. The types of projects that can be undertaken with a Home Modification Program loan or grant include ramp installations, interior chair lifts, widening of doorways and halls, kitchen and bathroom alterations, such as lowering kitchen counters, and the installation of walk-in showers.
Applications for the next year of the program can be downloaded from www.nlhc.nl.ca, and are also available at NLHC regional offices.