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Help is on the way for homeowners in need of repairs, energy efficient upgrades or accessibility modifications.

Kawartha Lakes is participating in the Ontario Renovates Component of the Ontario Priorities Housing Initiative, which was developed to help homeowners improve their living conditions by providing financial assistance to repair deficiencies or make accessibility modifications.

The Kawartha-Haliburton Renovates program provides a forgivable loan to a maximum of $10,000 for home repairs, including roofs, plumbing, heating, foundations, wells and septic systems. A grant to a maximum of $5,000 is also available for modifications to reduce physical barriers, like ramps, handrails, chair and bath lifts and countertop height adjustments.

“There is a tremendous need for this type of financial assistance in our area, but currently limited funding available,” said Hope Lee, manager of housing.  “We’re hopeful this will help give homeowners some relief.”

Each eligible application received will be considered for funding on a priority basis. Application forms for the 2020 funding year will be available on June 22 and can be submitted until July 24.

Applicants must own their own home. The market value of their home must be at or below $435,126. The applicant’s household income cannot exceed the following limits:

  • One bedroom: $31,000
  • Two bedrooms: $37,500
  • Three bedrooms: $40,500
  • Four bedrooms: $50,000

Applicants must have adequate home insurance, be current with property taxes and mortgage payments and their home must be located either in the City of Kawartha Lakes or the County of Haliburton.

Applications and further information can be obtained online at www.kawarthalakes.ca or by calling the City of Kawartha Lakes Human Services Department.

For further information, call: 705-324-9870 or 1-877-324-9870 or email cklhumanservices@kawathalakes.ca.

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