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Halton Accessibility Repair Program (HARP)

 

Learn about the Halton Accessibility Repair Program and how to apply.

What is HARP?

If you are a home owner and need modifications to your home to increase accessibility, HARP may be able to help. HARP provides limited funding to eligible homeowners to improve and/or maintain independent living.

For example, a member of the household may need:

  • Safety handrails to help with walking up and down the stairs.
  • A walk-in shower to facilitate independent bathroom use.
  • Repairs or renovations required to live independently.

Who qualifies for HARP?

You may be eligible for HARP funding if:

  • You are the sole owner(s) of the home in which you live.
  • You have not already started home modifications.
  • All members of your household have legal status in Canada.
  • Your total household income is $92,200 or less.
  • The value of your property is $834,839 or less (as per MPAC or certified appraisal – www.mpac.ca (external link)).
  • Your property tax, mortgage payments and home insurance (for the full value of the property) are all paid up to date.

How is the assistance provided?

  • Limited funding is available on a first come, first served basis.
  • HARP may award a grant of up to $5,000 for eligible home modifications.
  • A forgivable loan of up to $10,000 may be provided (in addition to the $5,000 grant). The forgivable loan is interest-free and does not require monthly payments. It is forgiven after ten years (10% each year).

Outstanding loan amounts must be repaid if the house is:

  • Sold
  • Rented
  • Transferred
  • If the applicant ceases to occupy the property as the principal residence during the loan forgiveness period.

How to apply to HARP?

  • Please call 311 for more information or to have your name added to the Expression of Interest List.
  • If contacted, you will receive an application form.
  • Once the completed form is received, HARP will follow-up to ensure eligible home modification projects begin as soon as possible.
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