How to Find - Affordable Housing and Financial Help for Rent or Utilities

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Record #: BTN1074 Last Full Update: 22 Aug 2014
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Alternate NameAffordable housing (Low-Income / Subsidized / Nonprofit /non-profit / public / Ontario housing), How to Find ; Assistance / Help with Rent payment ; Assistance / Help with utility, gas, electricity, heating bills
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Parent Agency NameGeneral Topics and Information
Legal Status(50) Non Profit
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Service/Program DescriptionThis topic record explains different types of housing and how to apply, and is an index to other housing-related records in this database. 
 
NONPROFIT HOUSING (for a list of ALL nonprofit housing in Halton, see here, how to apply is shown in the 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 nonprofit housing communities are exclusively for seniors or people with disabilities, and some provide supportive services, such as meals, personal support, etc.  
* some nonprofit housing 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 
* 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. 
 
 
PRIVATE RENTAL MARKET HOUSING: 
1. 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 
 
2. Also see listings in local newspapers and commercial websites, such as www.gottarent.com, www.viewit.ca, Kijiji, etc. 
 
 
RENT DEPOSIT ASSISTANCE  
May be available from Halton Region 905-825-6000 for low-income people who qualify  
* covers 'last month' portion only. 
 
 
EMERGENCY HELP TO PAY RENT OR UTILITIES  
1. Housing Stability Fund (see separate record here) provides one-time assistance for those who are qualified  
* limitations apply  
* to apply, call Halton Region Coordinated Intervention Services Team at 905-825-6000. 
 
2. Additional help with hydro or gas bills may be available through Winter Warmth & LEAP programs (for details see separate record here).  
 
 
PROPERTY TAX REBATE AND DEFERRAL  
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 ServedHalton Region
LanguagesEnglish
FeesNone
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Located In CommunityHalton Region
AccessibilityUnknown - Accessibility varies by location
Taxonomy and Classification
Service CategoriesHousing Expense Assistance ; Housing Expense Assistance ~ Low Income ; Housing Search and Information ; Housing Search and Information ~ Low Income ; Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing ; Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing ~ Low Income ; Utility Assistance ; Utility Assistance ~ Low Income
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