***Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation*** Homeowners and Landlords Residential Rehabilitation Assistance program For Persons with Disabilities (RRAP for Persons with Disabilities) What is RRAP Program for Persons with Disabilities? The Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) for Persons with Disabilities offers financial assistance to allow homeowners and landlords to improve their dwellings so that they are more accessible to persons with disabilities. 1. Financial help to modify your property. If you are a landlord who rents out self-contained units to low-income tenants or rooms in a rooming housing and the rents are below specified levels. 2. Or if you own a home whose value is below a specified figure and your total household income is low; 3. And you wish to modify your dwelling to make it livable for persons with disabilities YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RRAP FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE What modifications can be done? Modifications must be related to housing and reasonably related to the occupant's disability. Most modifications that make it easier for the occupant with disabilities to live independently are eligible for funding. These include items such as a ramp, chair lift, bathtub life or wheel-in shower, suitable height adjustments to kitchen work space and cupboards, and handrails.Therapeutic items, such as portable equipment designed for mobility purposes or care and most household appliances, are not eligible for funding.Modifications carried out before the RRAP for persons with Disabilities loan is approved are not eligible for funding.How much financial assistance may you receive?The maximum loan amount you may receive depends on where your property is located. In most areas, $18,000.00 is the maximum loan available. Higher assistance levels may be available in the northern areas of Canada and in remote areas where modifications costs are higher.How much of the loan may be forgiven? For Homeowners: Depending on your income, up to $12,000.00 may be forgivable and not have to be paid back. The actual amount of forgivable assistance that you will receive is based on your household income, the cost of the modifications and where you live. To be eligible for forgiveness, you will also have to agree to continue to own and occupy your home for up to five years. For Landlords: A fully forgivable loan of up to $18,000 is available to cover the cost of eligible modifications on self-contained and rooming house units occupied or to be occupied by persons with disabilities. In the case of the self-contained units, the incomes of the tenants must be below levels defined for the program. Landlords must enter into an agreement stating that the units will continue to be affordable to persons with disabilities whose incomes are at or below established ceilings. Further Information under other RRAP programs, assistance is available to landlords owing self-contained rental units or rooming houses, and low-income income homeowners who wish to make major repairs to their dwellings. To learn more about these assistance programs contact Canada Mortgage and Housing corporation at 1007 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C. V8R 6N3 363-3103; Fax: 363-3935. Or: Contact Michael Creurer, coordinator of the Action Committee's "Consumer Consulting Group on Accessibility": 383-4105.