[ Browse by Service Category : Housing/Shelter : Sub-Topics of Home Improvement/Accessibility (40) ]

Energy/Water Conservation Improvements

Programs that provide assistance in the form of labour and supplies, cash or tax rebates, or consultation services for homeowners who want to make home improvements that are designed to reduce energy and/or water consumption.

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Home Barrier Evaluation/Removal Services

Programs that provide assistance in the form of labour and supplies for people with disabilities who need to install ramps, elevators, stair glides or lifts; widen doorways; install grab bars in showers and bathrooms; lower kitchen and other cabinets; or make other modifications in their homes or apartments to make them accessible. Also included are programs that assess the accessibility of homes and apartments of people who have disabilities and make recommendations regarding necessary modifications.

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Home Barrier Removal Loans

Programs that provide loans to qualified people with disabilities who want to install ramps or elevators, widen doorways, install grab bars in showers and bathrooms, lower kitchen and other cabinets or make other modifications in their homes in order to make them more accessible.

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Home Rehabilitation Programs

Programs that provide assistance for people who need to make essential repairs to their homes in order to eliminate health or safety hazards or improve their security. Most home rehabilitation programs cover major repairs, system upgrades and replacements (e.g., plumbing, heating or electrical systems) but not minor repairs.

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Low Cost Building Materials/Supplies

Programs that provide access to building materials at below market costs. In many cases, the materials have been recovered from obsolete buildings by building deconstruction programs and made available for reuse by communities as an alternative to purchasing new materials.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.