Home Modification (Built Environment)
People with Spinal Cord Injuries often need to modify their homes - be they ramps, rails, accessible showers, kitchens and the like.
Two main programs that assist with these costs are the Ontario March of Dimes' Home and Vehicle Modification Program and various Ontario Renovates programs run by Service Managers, which are municipalities, groups of municipalities, or other administrative areas (such as a county).
After March 2012, the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program-Disability of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - which provided home modification assistance to eligible tenants, landlords and homeowners - ceased to exist.
In its place, through a federal-provincial funding agreement, Ontario Renovates has resulted in some - but not all - Service Managers providing home modification supports for people with disabilities.
In response, the following organizations have formed the Home Modification Supports Coalition for Ontarians with Disabilities:
- Multiple Sclerosis Society – Ontario Division
- Muscular Dystrophy Canada – Ontario Division
- Ontario Brain Injury Association
- Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation
- Ontario Spinal Cord Injury Solutions Alliance
- Parkinson Society Canada
- Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
Member organizations have liaised with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to encourage greater access and equity regarding home modifications for Ontarians with physical disabilities.
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