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Access-A-Home Program Regulations R-11

made under subsection 26(1) of the

Housing Act

R.S.N.S., 1989, c. 211

O.I.C. 93-836, N.S. Reg. 154/93

as amended by O.I.C. 2007-260 (May 4, 2007), N.S. Reg. 269/2007


Definitions

1     In these regulations

 

                (a)    “architectural barrier” means any physical restriction which limits the use of a wheelchair;

 

                (b)    “income” means the annual income of the participant from all sources and includes income from the spouse of the participant;

 

                (c)    “housing unit” means a residential premises occupied as the permanent residence of a participant who is limited to a wheelchair by reason of a long-term disability or a person who is a member of the participant's immediate family who is limited to a wheelchair by reason of a long-term disability;

 

                (d)    “Minister” means the Minister of Housing and Consumer Affairs;

 

                (e)    “participant” means an eligible person under the program;

 

                (f)    “program” means the Access-A-Home Program;

 

                (g)    “immediate family” includes a spouse, mother, stepmother, father, stepfather, son, stepson, daughter or stepdaughter or a permanent member of the household.

Clause 1(g) added: O.I.C. 2007-260, N.S. Reg. 269/2007.


Eligibility

2     (1)    In order to be eligible to receive a grant under the program, a participant shall

 

                (a)    be the occupant of a housing unit;

 

                (b)    be limited to a wheelchair by reason of a long-term disability or have a member of his or her immediate family limited to a wheelchair by reason of a long-term disability; and

 

                (c)    meet the income guidelines established from time to time by the Minister.

 

       (2)    The housing unit shall be the principal residence of either the participant or the member of the participant's immediate family who is confined to a wheelchair.

 

       (3)    The housing unit shall contain architectural barriers.

 

       (4)    The participant shall use the financial assistance received under the program to eliminate or alleviate the architectural barriers in the housing unit and such work shall be of a permanent nature.

 

       (5)    If the participant is not the owner of the housing unit, the participant shall obtain written approval of the owner prior to commencing work under the program.

 

       (6)    The Minister may deem a participant to be eligible for a grant under clause (1)(b), who is otherwise ineligible under clause (1)(b), if the applicant supplies proof by medical documentation of the likelihood that the applicant will become limited to a wheelchair within 6 months of the date of their application.

Subsection 2(6) added: O.I.C. 2007-260, N.S. Reg. 269/2007.


Grant

3     (1)    The Minister may make a grant up to the amount of $5000 to a participant for purposes of the program.

Subsection 3(1) amended: O.I.C. 2007-260, N.S. Reg. 269/2007.

 

       (2)    The grant referred to in subsection (1) may be allocated by the Minister to a participant in accordance with policy guidelines established from time to time by the Minister in regard to the participant's income.

 

       (3)    The approval of a grant and the advancement of funds under the program shall be at the sole discretion of the Minister.

 

4     The Minister may grant additional assistance to a participant when the Minister is satisfied that emergency repairs affecting the health or safety of a participant are necessary.

 

5     These regulations shall be effective on, from and after the 19th day of October, 1993.