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

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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
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. 
 
NONPROFIT HOUSING 
1. What is nonprofit housing? 
* housing built to fill a societal need, not as a profit-making business.  
* may be owned by government or other nonprofits or charities, co-operatives, etc. 
* some, but not all, is reserved for people with low-income  
* some have 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, which may be less expensive than the private (for-profit) rental market. 
* some are rental co-ops  
* some are reserved for seniors or people with disabilities, and some may provide supportive services, like meals, personal support, etc.  
 
2. How to find and apply to nonprofit housing: 
For a list of ALL nonprofit housing in Halton (government-owned and other), see list on Halton Region website here.  
How to apply is shown in the "Details" for each housing community, but in general:  
* for subsidized units, some take their own applications (see 'Details' page for each listing), but most housing providers (whether government-owned or other) participate in a shared intake process through HATCH (Halton Access To Community Housing), located at Halton Region 905-825-6000 (for full record see here).  
* for market-rent units, most housing providers take their own applications directly (see 'Details' page for each listing). 
* Halton Housing Help, also at Halton Region 905-825-6000, can help you understand and navigate the housing system and supports for renters, for more information see separate record here
 
 
PRIVATE RENTAL MARKET 
1. What is the private rental market? 
* these are units you may see advertised online or in the newspaper, and are privately owned, for-profit businesses.  
* rent is not subsidized, but increases (and other terms of rental) are regulated through the Residential Tenancies Act. 
 
2. How to find private rental market housing. 
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 provides opportunities 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
 
Rental listings can also be found in local newspapers, and websites such as gottarent, viewit, Kijiji, etc. 
 
YOUTH HOUSING 
1. Bridging the Gap program helps youth aged 16 to 24  
* helps find housing in private rental market 
* also has Host Homes initiative to match youth with host homeowners who provide safe temporary housing  
* transitional housing for up to two years in Burlington and Milton  
* assistance in accessing Ontario Works, food, alternative education and work 
For more information see full record here
 
2. Community Youth Programs for youth aged 15 to 18 
* residential placement for those not able to live with family but not ready for independent living. 
* if family re-integration is not possible, the adolescent is prepared for independent living or another alternative  
* provides support to older teens who are moving from residential placement to the community or to 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 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  
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 records for Gas & Hydro Bill Assistance 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 records for Gas & Hydro Bill Assistance here).  
 
 
PROPERTY TAX REBATES AND DEFERRALS 
1. Property tax rebate 
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 and 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 the home is sold. 
* for low income seniors 
* a lien is registered on the property and 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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