I am pleased to rise in the house today to provide an update on two valuable home renovation programs that are available for Island Seniors.
Mister Speaker, the Seniors Home Repair and the Seniors Safe @ Home programs are very popular and help Island seniors maintain their independence and continue their unique contributions to their communities.
The Seniors Home Repair Program provides up to $2,000 to make essential repairs to senior’s homes.
The Seniors Safe @ Home Program provides up to $5,000 to assist seniors to make modifications that support their mobility.
To ensure that these programs have the resources necessary to meet demands, we have made good on a promise from last spring’s election… to invest in home repair and renovation programs.
The Seniors Home Repair Program and the Seniors Safe @ Home program enable Island seniors to maintain a good quality of life and remain in their own home for as long as possible, reducing the pressure on the health care system and promoting independence.
To that end, we have provided an additional $400,000 to these programs for a total investment of almost $1 million for this year… increasing the funding available to Island seniors from last year’s investment by almost 50 per-cent.
Mister Speaker, 578 applications were received by Housing Services Division, this year. Of those applications we have more than 320 projects completed through both programs and seniors are working with their contractors to complete another 70 projects.
To-date, more than $900,000 has been approved for projects to enable Island seniors to make necessary repairs and modifications to their homes such as new roofs, windows and heating systems or repairs to make their homes more accessible, such as wheelchair ramps or renovations to kitchens and bathrooms for accessibility.
Mister Speaker, demand for these programs has been high, however the Housing Services Division is still accepting applications.
These programs are great examples of how we are encouraging and enabling Islanders to maintain their independence and dignity as they age. We want to ensure that seniors have the support they need to plan for a healthy and active life where they choose, and we know for most people, that choice is their own home.
Thank you Mister Speaker.