The County of Simcoe launched a new age-friendly Seniors Housing Grant Program that will provide a $500,000 boost to the regional housing market. The approved funding will go to support eligible applicants in creating age-friendly housing through new housing development or renovation.

“County council continues to invest in housing and support services to meet current needs and address long-term trends in our communities,” said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “With this new grant program, combined with our significant investment in affordable housing for seniors and our many seniors’ services programs, the county is taking action to make our communities more age-friendly affordable and inclusive for seniors.”

The program will help fund building and/or renovations of homes or units that include age-friendly designs and include a range of support services that allow seniors to continue to live independently in their communities. Grants will be awarded under three sections, including accessible housing design, housing that incorporates support services for older adults and design for individuals suffering with dementia.

Those eligible for the grant will be those completing housing projects located within Simcoe County, excluding Barrie and Orillia. Applicants can be homeowners of principal residences or developers who wish to include accessible, adaptable and inclusive design modifications for occupants aged 60 or older.

The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 30. Visit simcoe.ca/LongTermCare/Pages/Age-Friendly-Seniors-Housing-Grant-Program.aspx for more information or to apply.

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