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Building for the future: new home repairs funding and application process announced

Posted on Tuesday April 04, 2017

Cobourg, ON – April 4, 2017 – Northumberland County today launched the Renovate Northumberland program and announced a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Northumberland to create a single application process for this and the ReNew It program. A joint pre-screening application and selection process for these two programs will make it easier for seniors, people with disabilities and low-income residents to access funds to maintain their homes in good repair.

“The County is today launching the Renovate Northumberland program to improve the living conditions of homeowners in need, helping more people to stay in their own homes,” stated County Warden Mark Walas. “This program is in direct support of goals outlined in the County’s 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, and reinforces the County’s position that a home for everyone is key.”

The Renovate Northumberland program enables eligible homeowners to access interest-free, forgivable loans up to a maximum of $25,000 to repair household deficiencies, as well as grants up to a maximum of $5,000 to reduce physical barriers in order to make a residence more accessible. Building on the policy guidelines for the Ontario Renovates program, this initiative will encourage applicants to make environmentally-friendly decisions and to realize savings through the use of energy-saving products or systems, improving housing affordability over the long term.

Similarly, Habitat for Humanity’s ReNew It program was launched in 2014 to make interest-free loans and volunteer labour available to low-income homeowners for much-needed repairs. The organization identified that, without this support, individuals and families were often faced with having to vacate their residences. This program offers an affordable alternative to relocation.

“By partnering with Northumberland County to streamline the application process for these two programs, we are making these programs more accessible to people in need,” indicated Habitat for Humanity Northumberland Executive Director Meaghan MacDonald. “We are confident that, through this process, these programs will achieve an even greater impact within the community. This is one more way for Habitat to advance our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

As a principal ReNew It program funder, Northumberland United Way CEO Lynda Kay elaborated “With an aging population, Northumberland has an increasing number of residents that need this type of assistance, and affordability can be a big challenge. We are thrilled to see further streamlining of the application process in coordination with the County program, to more effectively deliver this much-needed support to the greatest number of people in our community.”

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