Ontario Construction News staff writer
The` County of Simcoe will provide $500,000 to support eligible applicants in making homes more accessible, adaptable and inclusive.
“To better support aging-in-place in our region, we are once again working with eligible homeowners to ensure that current homes can meet our aging population’s needs while addressing affordable housing in our area,” said Warden Basil Clarke. “Since the age-friendly seniors housing grant began in 2018, we have been able to support almost 400 projects through this innovative program.
“We look forward to working with our community through these grants to support age-friendly homes across the County of Simcoe.”
Eligible projects incorporate accessible, adaptable and inclusive designs, which allow seniors to continue to live independently in their communities for as long as possible.
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.
Applicants include companies completing housing projects located within Simcoe County (excluding the cities of Barrie and Orillia) who have not received grants in the past three years.
Grant amounts will be distributed based on the number of applications received and ability to meet funding criteria.
A committee will evaluate submissions. The deadline for 2024 submissions is March 31. For details visit simcoe.ca/age-friendly.