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Financial assistance available to low-income households to renovate or purchase their homes

April 3, 2017 -

From April 3 to 21, eligible homeowners in Kingston and County of Frontenac may apply for a forgivable loan of up to $10,000 to assist with making repairs necessary to allow them to stay in their homes. Eligible homeowners may also apply during the same period for down payment assistance of up to 5% of the purchase price of a home.

Delivered by the City of Kingston – and funded by the province and the City – the Kingston-Frontenac Renovates program and the Home Ownership program have supported 266 households and provided more than $2 million in grants and loans since 2007. In 2016, the programs assisted 29 households (21 in the County, 8 in the City) totaling $260,000.

Eligibility requirements and applications are available on the City's website at

"These are just two of the programs offered by the housing and social services department to assist households in maintaining or acquiring a home, which supports one of City council's priorities to increase the number of affordable housing units in the community," says Sheldon Laidman, director, housing and social services.

Kingston Frontenac Renovates

Kingston Frontenac Renovates provides grants of up to $3,500 for accessibility improvements, or forgivable loans of up to $10,000 for repairs so that eligible homeowners may stay in their homes. Funding will be allocated on a priority basis.

Home Ownership program

The Home Ownership program assists low-to-moderate income renter households to buy affordable homes by providing down-payment assistance in the form of a forgivable loan. Funding will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Those interested in applying should contact the housing and social services department at 362 Montreal St. (613-546-2695, ext. 4949 or at

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