Question: I am a low-income senior looking for assistance with housing payments. Are there any financial programs that can help me?

There are both Federal and Provincial supportive housing grants for seniors with low-income. Some notable examples are:

Home Adaptations for Seniors’ Independence (HASI): helps low-income homeowners and landlords pay for small changes to assist seniors aged 65 and older with the activities of daily living (ex: hand rails, grab bars in bathroom, etc.) This program is federally run and you must apply.
http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/ab/noho/noho_006.cfm

Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant: an annual payment that is made to low-income seniors to help pay their property tax. This is provincially run and you must apply.
http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/credit/shptg/index.html

Municipal Governments may also provide property tax relief programs for seniors. Call your local government office for more information. One example of this program is:

County of Wellington Tax Relief Program: http://communitylinks.cioc.ca/record/GUE0422?UseCICVw=56

Here are other Federal and Provincial government websites that contain additional information about grants or credits that may be useful for seniors. To take a look at what else might be available, please check out the following links:

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/audiences/seniors/housing.shtml

http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/credit/gains/

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