The Social Housing program administers rent-geared-to-income assistance to eligible households in the Timiskaming District. Housing assistance is provided to families, seniors, couples, single people and people with special needs in a variety of buildings; townhouses, apartments, single and semi-detached.
Private landlords have also agreed to supply accommodation under our rent supplement program. Tenants are selected from our waiting list and pay the landlord rent-geared-to-income. The Social Housing Program pays the difference between the tenants RGI and the full market rent for the unit.
Rent-geared-to-income assistance is intended for households with low or moderate income who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to find suitable, affordable housing in the private rental market. A commonly accepted standard of affordability is that costs should not exceed 30 percent of a household's gross income.
Geared-to-income rent is based on the total gross household income calculated at 30 percent. Adjustments to the rent are made depending on the inclusion of utilities. The amount you pay is reviewed annually. You are required to report changes to your income, source of income and family composition changes. Households receiving assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program pay rent based on a beneficiary scale from the Province of Ontario.
Market rent units are also available with Non-Profit Housing Providers. Market rents are established by the Provider based on rental rates for similar accommodation in the private sector. All housing units administered by the Social Housing Program have a market rent cap. The rent-geared-to-income calculation, including utility charges, will not go above the market rent cap.
Utilities are either surcharged or deleted from rent-geared-to-income rents depending on who pays the utility. The charges or credits are set yearly by the Province of Ontario for the Timiskaming District.
Rent-geared-to-income is based on all income and as such, the household is responsible to pursue any income they may be eligible for. The household may become ineligible if they do not make a reasonable effort to pursue this income.
A household is eligible to receive a rent subsidy if;
- At least one member of the household is 16 years of age or older and is able to live independently with or without support services
- Each member of the household is a Canadian citizen, or a landed immigrant, or a refugee claimant
- No deportation, departure, or exclusion order has been made against any member of the household
- No member of the household owes rental arrears to any housing provider under any housing program
- No member of the household has been convicted or any offence under section 85 of the SHRA, HSA or crime under the Criminal Code of Canada regarding rent-geared-to-income assistance, or found to by a court of law to have misrepresented their income for the purpose of rent-geared-to-income.