HASI (Home Adaptations For Seniors' Independence)
What is HASI?
HASI helps low-income seniors who have difficulties with daily living activities in the home, by providing financial assistance to homeowners and landlords to carry out minor home adaptations.
Generally, adaptations to the dwelling unit will be permanent additions, replacements or relocations that will allow easier and safer performance of daily activities and will be related to the occupant's loss of ability.
Items such as handrails in the hallways and on stairways, easy-to-reach work and storage areas in the kitchen, lever handles on doors, walk-in showers with grab bars, and bathtub grab bars and seats are examples of the types of adaptations that can be made under this initiative.
What financial assistance can I get?
Assistance in the form of a forgivable loan of up to $3,500 is available. This loan does not have to be repaid provided that the homeowner agrees to continue to occupy the unit for the duration of the loan forgiveness period. If the adaptation work is being done on a rental unit, the landlord must agree that rents will not increase as a result of the adaptations. The loan forgiveness period is six months and may be reduced in extenuating circumstances. If you have received assistance under HASI previously, you may be eligible for reduced assistance.