City launching Multi-Unit Rehabilitation Housing Program

By Lindsay Advocate

Farm country, Canadian Shield…anything but “cottage country”

In partnership with the municipality’s Million Dollar Makeover program, Housing Help is launching a Multi-Unit Rehabilitation Program for residents in Kawartha Lakes. To apply before the deadline of July 5, 2019, visit the Housing Help website.

“We’re so excited to launch the Multi-Unit Rehabilitation Program with Million Dollar Makeover,” said Hope Lee, Manager of Human Services-Housing. “This program operates through forgivable loans, which means that those who participate are able to create a safe and affordable home. This program works toward Kawartha Lakes’ goal of increasing affordable housing in our municipality.”

The Multi-Unit Rehabilitation Program is the renovation of existing residential properties that are currently vacant and require upgrades to become habitable.

Through this program, Kawartha Lakes will create up to ten new units that would encompass one bedroom self-contained apartments or rooming houses within the municipality. The program can give up to $10,000 to a property owner towards expenses such as construction materials, engineered drawings, municipal permits and more.

Applications are received on a first-come, first-serve basis based on the completed application and program eligibility.

Once these units are constructed, tenants will be seniors or households without dependents with income at or below the household income limited. Tenants may also be selected from the financially assisted housing wait list.

Million Dollar Makeover is a funding program available to support property owners in improving the visual and functional aspects of their residential buildings. The municipality has over one million dollars in financial incentives available through loan and grant programs.

Note that the Multi-Unit Rehabilitation Program is also available to County of Haliburton property owners through a direct form not through the Million Dollar Makeover program.

To read the Multi-Unit Rehabilitation Program brochure for both Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, and to download the application form, visit the Housing Help website.

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