How to Find - Affordable Housing & Help for Rent, Utilities or Property Taxes

Site: Halton

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Located In Community Halton Region
Accessibility Unknown - Accessibility varies by location
Agency and Service Names
Alternate Name Nonprofit Housing
Agency Information
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Explains different housing types and how to apply, and directs to other housing-related records in this database  
* for emergency housing see record for 'How to Find - Emergency Shelters in Halton and Area' here 
 
NONPROFIT HOUSING 
What is nonprofit housing? 
* built to fill a societal need, not as a business (may be owned by government, nonprofits or charities, co-operatives, etc.) 
* some is subsidized (rent-geared-to-income or below-market-rent) reserved for people with low income 
* some is at 'market rent' (non-subsidized) and open to people of any income, may be less expensive than the private (for-profit) rental market. 
* some is reserved for seniors or people with disabilities, and some may provide supportive services, like meals, personal support, etc.  
 
How to find and apply to nonprofit housing: 
1. Halton Housing Help can help you understand and navigate the housing system  
* for more information, contact Halton Region 905-825-6000 (or dial 311) and ask to be connected to Halton Housing Help, or see separate record here
 
2. All nonprofit housing in Halton (government-owned and other) is listed on Halton Region's website here, "Details" for each listing show how to apply, but in general:  
* for subsidized units, most (but not all), share intake process through HATCH (Halton Access To Community Housing), for more information call Halton Region 905-825-6000 and ask for HATCH, or see HATCH record here.  
* for market-rent units, most take their own applications directly  
 
 
PRIVATE RENTAL MARKET 
What is the private rental market? 
* privately owned, for-profit businesses (units are publicly advertised online or in newspapers) 
* rent increases are regulated through the Residential Tenancies Act. 
 
How to find private rental market housing. 
1. Halton Housing Help provides services for renters and landlords, including: 
* free help and support to tenants to find and keep rental housing 
* posts Halton Rent Connect listings of available housing (here)  
* HomeShare program connects those wanting to home share, or offer reduced rent in exchange for household help 
* for more information, contact Halton Region 905-825-6000 (or dial 311) and ask to be connected to Halton Housing Help, or see separate record here
 
2. Rental listings can also be found in local newspapers and websites such as gottarent, viewit, Kijiji, etc. 
 
 
YOUTH HOUSING 
1. Bridging the Gap program, for youth aged 16 to 24  
* helps find housing in private rental market 
* also has Host Homes program to match youth with homeowners who provide safe temporary housing  
* transitional housing for up to two years in Burlington and Milton  
* help to access Ontario Works, food, alternative education and work 
* for more information see full record here
 
2. Community Youth Programs, for youth aged 15 to 18 
* residence for those not able to live with family but not ready for independent living. 
* if family re-integration is not possible, teen is prepared for independent living or another alternative  
* provides support to older teens moving from residential placement to the community or adult services  
* community consultation service for adolescents and their families who are experiencing difficulties  
* provide referrals, case-management, community liaison and ongoing support to former residents  
* for more information see full record here
 
3. ROCK - My Place, for youth aged 16 to 21 
* co-ed residence for youth unable to remain at home and expressing a desire to work towards independent living  
* voluntary program of life skill coaching, counselling, advocacy referrals, assistance with accessing housing, educational options and employment. 
* for more information see full record here
 
 
HELP FOR DEPOSIT, RENT OR UTILITIES 
Rent deposit assistance  
1. 'Last month deposit' help may be available for those who qualify, from Halton Region Housing Stability Fund 
* to apply, call Halton Region Coordinated Intervention Services Team at 905-825-6000  
* for more information, see separate record here
 
Help to pay rent  
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
 
Help to pay 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 records for Gas & Hydro Bill Assistance here).  
 
3. Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) applies a credit directly to each monthly hydro bill  
* for those under the Low Income Measure cutoff  
* for details see records for Gas & Hydro Bill Assistance here).  
 
 
PROPERTY TAX REBATES AND DEFERRALS 
1. Property tax rebate (for lower-income seniors or people with disabilities) 
Burlington * Oakville * Milton * Halton Hills 
 
2. Property Tax Increase Deferral (defers increases in property taxes until home is sold).  
* for low-income seniors and people with disabilities  
* a lien is registered on the property, deferred tax increases are repaid interest-free when home is sold. 
Burlington * Oakville * Milton * Halton Hills 
 
3. Older Adults Property Tax Deferral Programs (defers full amount of property taxes until home is sold). 
* for low income seniors 
* lien is registered on the property, taxes are repaid interest-free when home is sold. 
* for more information see full record here 
 
 
LEGAL HELP FOR HOUSING 
Halton Community Legal Services provides free legal assistance to those with low income, for housing and landlord/tenant issues  
* offers appointments in Burlington, Milton, Oakville and Halton HIlls 
* 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
Service Categories Housing Expense Assistance ; Housing Search and Information ; Low Income/Subsidized Rental Housing ; Utility Assistance

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