Vancouver – The Province of BC, CMHC and BC Housing introduce the BC Rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations program (BC RAHA). The program gives financial assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income seniors and people with permanent disabilities or diminished abilities to help with the cost of making adaptations to their homes for independent living. As of March 18, 2021, this program takes the place of the Home Adaptations for Independence Program, or HAFI. HAFI has supported more than 2,500 households since 2011.
For more information, including eligibility criteria and application forms, visit www.bchousing.org/BC-RAHA.
BC RAHA introduces several improvements:
- A streamlined applications and approvals process – for most standard accessibility adaptations, it won’t be necessary to obtain a quote before applying.
- Set rebates for common adaptations – maximum rebates for the most common types of adaptations will ensure everyone receives equal funding for the same types of adaptations.
- Requiring an assessment by an occupational therapist or other qualified professional – an assessment will be required for some adaptations to make sure that adaptations accurately address the applicants’ needs.
- A provincewide income limit – a new income limit will be based on the low- and moderate-income limits established annually by BC Housing. This will ensure everyone has equal access to the program, regardless of where they live in the province.
The program provides up to $17,500 in rebates towards adaptations that directly address an individual’s permanent disability or loss of ability. This could include adaptations such as exterior and interior ramps and door widening to accommodate a wheelchair, and bathroom modifications such as grab bars, shower seats and handheld showerheads.