MMF to Launch a Repairs Program for Metis Homeowners - Home Enhancement Loan Program

April 9, 2020

Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) will make history by launching a Metis-specific home repair program for low- and moderate-income Metis Citizens starting May 1, 2020. This initial investment will increase the lifespan of hundreds of homes across the province and will fill the gap left behind when Manitoba discontinued all emergency repair and renovation programs that supported low- to moderate-income homeowners.

Announced at the 2019 MMF Annual General Assembly, the needs-based MMF Home Enhancement Loan Program (HELP) will dedicate $1.5 million for low- and moderate-income Metis households to make critical repairs to their homes. Examples of what is covered under the MMF-HELP include accessibility improvements, black mold removal, and emergency repairs to roofs.

MMF-HELP will provide eligible Metis homeowners with a forgivable loan of up to $15,000 to make repairs and enhancements to their home. The criteria for admission include having a total gross annual income not in excess of $85,000 and the applicant's total assets inclusive of RRSP investments must not exceed $300,000. The loan is forgiven after five years if the terms and conditions of a forgivable loan agreement are met. Safety and well-being are a priority, and preference will be given to Metis Citizens who demonstrate immediate emergency or health and safety-related housing needs.

"The Home Enhancement Loan Program will be the latest initiative from your Metis Government as we strive to provide our Citizens with the 'head start' promised in 1870," said Will Goodon, MMF Minister of Housing and Property Management. "This initiative will join the First Time Home Purchase Program, affordable housing projects, and the development of a Metis-specific strategy to address homelessness in our families and communities."

This program has been developed in consultation with Metis Citizens, and the key considerations for the program reflect the feedback they have provided on their emergency housing needs.

If you would like more information on the MMF-HELP, or have questions surrounding the delayed launch of the program, please contact the MMF Housing Department at 204-586-8474, or toll free at 1-800-665-8474.


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