BC introduces BC rebate for accessible home adaptations

Together with the Province of BC and CMHC, BC Housing has just announced the introduction of 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 has replaced the Home Adaptations for Independence Program (HAFI) as of March 18, 2021. The BC RAHA introduces several changes, including a streamlined applications and approvals process and a required assessment by an occupational therapist or other qualified professional to make sure that adaptations accurately address the applicants’ needs. The program provides up to $17,500 in rebates towards adaptations that can include exterior and interior ramps and door widening to accommodate a wheelchair, and bathroom modifications such as grab bars, shower seats and handheld showerheads.

The Right Fit works closely with BC Housing who is a member of our Steering Committee to match wheelchair users to accessible housing. For more information on this program, visit BC Housing’s website. If you are a housing provider in the Metro Vancouver area and you have an accessible unit that you would like to list with the Right Fit, please contact Jackie Nicklin, our accessibility housing coordinator.