How to Find - Affordable Housing and Financial Help for Rent or Utilities
|Record #: BTN1074||Last Full Update: 24 Aug 2015|
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|Agency and Service Names|
|Alternate Name||Affordable housing (Low-Income / Subsidized / Nonprofit /non-profit / public / Ontario housing / social housing), How to Find ; Assistance / Help with Rent payment ; Assistance / Help with utility, gas, electricity, heating bills|
|Legal Status||(50) Non Profit|
|Description (Service)||This topic record explains different types of housing and how to apply, and is an index to other housing-related records in this database.
1. Nonprofit Housing
* most (but not all) nonprofit housing providers centralize their applications for subsidized units through HATCH (Halton Access To Community Housing) at Halton Region 905-825-6000, and take their own applications for market rent units.
* for a list of ALL nonprofit housing in Halton, see here (how to apply is shown in details for each housing community)
* nonprofit housing provides subsidized (rent-geared-to-income or below-market-rent) units, for people who meet low-income criteria
* some also have market rent units, open to people of any income
* some are exclusively for seniors or people with disabilities, and some provide supportive services, such as meals, personal support, etc.
* some is owned by Halton Region government (what was formerly called public housing or Ontario Housing) and some is owned by other nonprofit organizations and charities
2. Housing in the private rental market
Halton Housing Help provides services for renters and landlords, contact at Halton Region 905-825-6000
* provides free help and support to find and keep rental housing
* its Halton Rent Connect listings (see here) may include some for house sharing, or reduced rent in exchange for household help, which may reduce the cost of housing in the private rental market
* for more details, see separate record here
Also see listings in local newspapers and commercial websites, such as www.gottarent.com, www.viewit.ca, Kijiji, etc.
3. Housing for youth 16 and older
Bridging the Gap program helps youth ages 16 to 24 find housing, also has Host Homes initiative to match youth with host homeowners who provide safe temporary housing and Bridge House program which provides transitional housing for up to two years in Burlington and Milton * also provides assistance in accessing Ontario Works, food, alternative education and work, for more information see full record here.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RELATED TO HOUSING
1. Rent deposit assistance
May be available from Halton Region 905-825-6000 for low-income people who qualify
* covers 'last month' portion only.
2. Help to pay rent or utilities
* Housing Stability Fund (see separate record here) provides one-time assistance for those who are qualified, to apply, call Halton Region Coordinated Intervention Services Team at 905-825-6000.
* Winter Warmth & LEAP programs (for details see separate record here).
* Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) provides a credit directly on each monthly hydro bill for those under the Low Income Measure cutoff (for details see separate record here).
3. Property tax rebates and deferral (for homeowners)
See separate record for Property Tax Deferral Program and Low Income Seniors Property Tax Rebate here.
LEGAL ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE RELATED TO HOUSING
Halton Community Legal Services provides free legal assistance to low income people for housing and landlord/tenant issues (see separate record here).
|Areas Served||Halton Region|
|Located In Community||Halton Region|
|Accessibility||Unknown - Accessibility varies by location|
|Taxonomy and Classification|
|Service Categories||Housing Expense Assistance ; Housing Search and Information ; Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing ; Utility Assistance|