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

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Public Comments This database has similar records to guide you in How to Find:  
* housing, income programs & financial help, shelters, food banks 
* dental care 
* legal help  
* employment, apprenticeship, training and literacy programs  
* newcomer (immigrant/refugee) services, ESL/LINC/TOEFL classes  
* help for seniors  
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Site Information
Located In Community Halton Region
Accessibility Unknown - Accessibility varies by location
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
Agency Information
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Description and Service Details
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 
* some provide subsidized (rent-geared-to-income or below-market-rent) units, for people who meet low-income criteria 
* some have market rent units, open to people of any income, and some are rental co-ops  
* some are exclusively for seniors or people with disabilities, and some provide on-site supportive services, such as meals, personal support, etc.  
* some (what was formerly called public housing or Ontario Housing) are owned by Halton Region government through the Halton Community Housing Corporation, and some are owned by other nonprofit organizations and charities 
How to find and apply to nonprofit housing: 
* for a list of ALL nonprofit housing in Halton, see list on Halton Region website here  
* how to apply is shown in "Details" for each housing community (most, but not all, centralize their intake 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, if they have them, for full HATCH record see here 
2. Private rental housing 
Halton Housing Help provides services for renters and landlords: 
* free help and support to tenants to find and keep rental housing 
* its Halton Rent Connect listings (see here) may include some listings for home sharing, or reduced rent in exchange for household help 
For more details, contact Halton Housing Help at Halton Region 905-825-6000 or see separate record here 
Also see listings in local newspapers, and commercial websites such as,, Kijiji, etc. 
3. Housing for youth 
Bridging the Gap program  
* helps youth ages 16 to 24 find housing in private rental market 
* also has Host Homes initiative to match youth with host homeowners who provide safe temporary housing  
* Bridge House program 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
Rent deposit assistance  
May be available for low-income people who qualify, from Halton Region Housing Stability Fund  
* covers 'last month' portion only 
* to apply, call Halton Region Coordinated Intervention Services Team at 905-825-6000  
For more information, see separate record here
Help to pay rent or utilities  
1. Housing Stability Fund provides one-time assistance for those who are qualified 
* to apply, call Halton Region Coordinated Intervention Services Team at 905-825-6000  
For more information, see separate record here
2. Winter Warmth & LEAP programs (emergency help for gas and hydro bills) 
For details see separate records here).  
3. Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) applies a credit directly to each monthly hydro bill  
* program is for those under the Low Income Measure cutoff  
For details see separate records here).  
Property tax rebates and deferral (for homeowners)  
Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills 
Halton Community Legal Services (from Halton HIlls and MIlton 905-877-5256, from Oakville and Burlington 905-875-2069) 
* provides free legal assistance to low income people for housing and landlord/tenant issues  
For more information, see separate record here).
Hours Contact organization for information
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program.
Application Contact individual programs for information.
Languages English
Fees None
Categories and Classification
Main Category Housing / Shelter ; Income Programs ; 'How To Find' Service Guides ; Topic Guides
Secondary Category Affordable Housing & Financial Housing Help ; Assistance Programs ; Help to Find Housing ; SpecialTopics
Service Categories Housing Expense Assistance ; Housing Search and Information ; Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing ; Utility Assistance

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