The Department of Health and the Department of Community Services are teaming up to help low-income seniors stay in their homes longer, thanks to an additional $1 million in funding for home repairs announced today, Nov. 10. The Department of Health’s Continuing Care Strategy provided funding to the Department of Community Services for the Senior Citizens Assistance program. A total of $3.65 million is available for home repairs through the program. “The Continuing Care Strategy announced this spring aims to keep Nova Scotian seniors in their homes longer,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Health. “Funding from the strategy will be invested in home repairs through Community Services’ Senior Citizens Assistance Program, so we can ensure that those homes meet current health and safety standards.” The Senior Citizens Assistance Program provides funding for lower-income applicants over the age of 65 who want to remain in their own homes, but are not able to afford necessary repairs. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for repairs which ensure that health and safety standards are met. For example, this may include repairs to roofing, plumbing and heating. “We are pleased to work with our colleagues at the Department of Health to deliver on a shared goal — to ensure seniors are living in homes that are safe and secure,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services. “Nova Scotia has some of the highest rates of home ownership, and some of the oldest homes in the country. Investing more in housing repairs will help Nova Scotian seniors make the repairs necessary to remain in their homes longer.” To qualify for housing repair grants, total household income must be below set income thresholds. Eligible household income levels are determined by household size and the cost of shelter in the community. The Department of Community Services has 13 home repair programs that help low-income Nova Scotians make repairs that address health and safety issues, including two programs targeted for senior citizens. In 2005-06 a total of $13.7 million was provided through 13 home repair programs to help about 2,500 households. Information on home repair programs is available at local housing services offices or on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms .
by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 16, 2015 3:15 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BC Ferries fares to rise again in April and for next four years: commissioner VICTORIA – Coastal travellers will see stable but rising fares when sailing aboard BC Ferries over the next four years.Ferries commissioner Gord Macatee confirmed Wednesday that price increases will be capped at 1.9 per cent per year from 2016 to 2020, as proposed earlier this year.Macatee outlined his decision for the hike in a report after conducting an independent review of the newest Coastal Ferry Services contract.He determined that answering public demands for a rollback in fares was outside of his authority.“The commissioner notes that a great deal of work has gone into addressing fare affordability over the past four years,” a news release said.Such efforts have resulted in caps below the Bank of Canada’s target inflation rate of two per cent, it said.Lowering fares was “incompatible” with BC Ferries’ mandate to balance its interests as well as those of ferry users and taxpayers, the release said.The provincial government said the fare increases, beginning next April 1, will be the lowest since 2003.Transportation Minister Todd Stone described the decision as good news for ferry users.But he added BC Ferries must keep progressing toward achieving the government’s vision of lower fares.“There is more work for BC Ferries to do over the next four years to further reduce pressure on fares to ensure our coastal ferry service operates as efficiently and affordably as possible, well into the future,” Todd said in a release.In June, BC Ferries announced a $30-million jump in net earnings, and its president Mike Corrigan said that would allow fares to stay at or below projected inflation rates.