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July 9, 2004
For immediate release

Seniors' Emergency Home Repair Program

Health and Social Services

Low to moderate income seniors who own their homes can now register for financial assistance with repairs through the Seniors’ Emergency Home Repair Program, Health and Social Services Minister, Chester Gillan announced today.

“Government promised a renewed seniors’ home repair program,” said Minister Gillan. “This year, we have a budget allotment of $200,000 to help low to moderate income seniors with emergency home repair costs.”

The program may contribute 50 per cent of the cost of eligible repairs to a maximum of $1,500. Regional housing officers can begin assessments on proposed repairs immediately.

The Seniors’ Emergency Home Repair Program is designed to provide assistance for low to moderate income seniors for emergency repairs to one of the major components of the physical structure. Last year, the program helped 186 senior home owners to make emergency repairs to their homes. The senior must own and live in the home, and repairs must be necessary to correct a structural problem that could pose a health or safety risk to the occupants. Repairs of a purely cosmetic nature are not eligible.

“Many Island seniors want to remain in their homes,” said Minister Gillan. “They want to be close to their families and friends, and feel most comfortable in their home communities. This program helps low to moderate income seniors with specific emergency repairs to ensure the homes they live in are safe and secure.”

An information brochure with more detailed program information and a registration form will be available at Access PEI sites, or by contacting regional housing offices.

Media Contact: Sara Underwood
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