New Brunswick

Housing Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

Easy application

Tax filing not required

If you are a homeowner and you need to make changes to make your home more accessible to people living with disabilities, you may be able to get a forgivable loan (meaning that not all of it may need to be paid back) of up to $10,000 from the Housing Assistance for Persons with Disabilities program.

Landlords may be able to get a forgivable loan for disabled modifications to a maximum of $10,000.

The maximum forgivable loan for the creation of a secondary/garden suite or an extension to an existing dwelling is $24,000. You must produce equity or give proof of other sources of financing to cover the cost of creating a secondary/garden suite or an extension which goes over the maximum forgivable loan available.

You must be a homeowner. The modifications can be for any person in the home who is restricted or lacks the ability (resulting from an impairment) to perform an activity in the way that is considered normal.

Other Conditions:

  • Modifications to existing homes must be housing related and/or give access to permanent basic facilities within the home
  • All work shall conform to the requirements of the most current National Building Code.

Eligible properties include:

  • Any residential property where the work will improve accessibility for a disabled occupant/tenant.
  • Secondary/garden suites can only be created on existing family housing residential properties. You must be able to demonstrate that the property can be converted to include a secondary or garden suite which will meet the program’s requirements. The units created must be modest in size and amenities.
  • Additions to existing homes may also be eligible as long as they meet the program’s requirements.
  • Only properties that meet acceptable standards of health and safety are eligible.

To apply for this program, contact your regional office of Social Development at 1-833-733-7835 to apply or if you have any questions about help for people living with disabilities.

Last updated: May 19, 2021