The Department of Family and Human Services has housing units that people in need of affordable housing may be able to rent. The Department also has programs that help people pay for renovations or modifications to their homes.
PEI Home Renovation Programs
Applications for the PEI Renovation Programs closed on November 13, 2015. Applications will be accepted again in 2016. Please watch this website and media for notification of the exact date. If you applied in November 2015, were eligible, but did not receive funding, we will keep your application for consideration in 2016 - you do not need to re-apply.
The PEI Home Renovation Programs:
- assist Islanders to stay in their homes or with family members;
- meets the unique needs of Islanders; and
- continues investments in affordable housing for Islanders.
For more information, please see the PEI Home Renovation Programs' website
The Seniors Safe @ Home Program helps Island seniors make the modifications necessary to ensure they are safe and healthy in their homes and enable them to maintain independence.
Seniors Safe @ Home Program
The Seniors Safe @ Home Program allows seniors to access a lifetime grant of up to $5,000. The grant amount is determined based on income. To qualify for the grant, the modifications must support people aged 60 and over in their everyday activities. These modifications will enhance accessibility and help to maintain health and safety, enabling seniors to remain in their own homes longer.
More information and applications are available by calling 1-855-374-7366.
Seniors Safe @ Home Information and Application / Seniors Safe @ Home Self Assessment Guide / Seniors Safe @ Home Program Policy
Seniors Home Repair Program
The Seniors Home Repair Program helps seniors make necessary repairs to their principal residence. The person who is applying must own the residence and live there.
The program provides assistance to low and moderate-income seniors to make necessary repairs to one of the major components of the physical structure (for example, the roof, furnace, windows and doors). This program is not meant for cosmetic repairs or renovations. The repairs must be essential to the structure of the building as well as to health and safety.
Applicants must be 60 years of age or older. The combined income of the applicant and spouse must be less than $35,000 per year. The program will contribute 50 per cent of the cost of eligible repairs to a maximum of $2,000.
Family Housing Program
The Family Housing Program provides quality rental housing units for families who may not otherwise be able to obtain adequate housing. The program provides housing for Island families with low incomes, poor housing conditions or other special circumstances.
Housing Authorities in nine communities across the province select tenants based on their current situation. This could include their housing conditions, income, housing expenditures, family size, health, and any special circumstances. Housing units are located in the following Island communities: Alberton, Charlottetown, Georgetown, Montague, Mt. Stewart, O'Leary, Souris, Summerside and Tignish.
Rent is based on the household's total income. Most families pay 25 per cent of their income for rent. People who receive Social Assistance pay a rate that is established for the area in consultations between the Department of Family and Human Services and the local Housing Authority.
Seniors Housing Program
Many seniors find that their housing needs change over time. Some find their income is less than in earlier years, making housing difficult to afford. Others may find it more difficult to maintain their own home. In recognition of these needs, the federal and provincial governments provide funding for building and maintaining Seniors' Housing projects.
There are seniors housing apartment-style rental units in 33 communities across the province. Islanders aged 60 and older are eligible for assistance. Islanders who are 55 and older who have a disability are eligible to apply and will be given consideration based on the availability of seniors units. Tenants are selected based on their level of need. Staff consider their income, assets, health, age, present housing and the length of time the application has been on file. Rent is 25 per cent of the tenant's income.
Download a brochure and application form for the Seniors Housing Program.
The following map contains the location and a brief description of every Seniors Housing unit managed by the Province of Prince Edward Island as well as those managed by private operators where seniors are eligible for a rent supplement. To see a larger version of this map please click here.
Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH Agreement)
Together, the Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island announced an additional combined investment of some $15 million over five years, to help more individuals and families in need access affordable housing. The funding will be delivered through an extension to the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement. Under provincially designed programs, the new agreement will help Islanders in need of housing, including seniors, persons with disabilities, victims of family violence and families. Initiatives can include new construction, renovation and rent supplements.
For more information on any of these programs please call:
Senior Citizens Housing - Application Form