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Subsidized Housing - Frequently Asked Questions


Learn about the most commonly asked questions pertaining to subsidized housing.

How long will I have to wait?

It is not possible to provide a specific wait time.

Criteria used to place individuals and families changes regularly. Halton Region must follow provincial government regulations, which means the date on your application is not the only information used for placement on our wait list. The waiting time can be years for units highest in demand, such as for single non-senior individuals.

Your flexibility, meaning choosing multiple communities and building selections can help place you higher on the wait list, but as a rule, applicants 65 years of age or older will have shorter wait times.

When will I be contacted about available housing?

The housing provider will contact you when they reach your name on the wait list. At that time, the housing provider may:

  • Complete credit and landlord checks
  • Call you for an interview
  • Require you to have a good credit rating and landlord references

What are my rights?

All housing providers are bound by government legislation. These regulations govern the relationships between landlords and tenants and cover issues that may affect your tenancy.

How much will I pay?

  • Rent-geared-to-income - People living in subsidized housing pay a rent based on 30% of their household income (before taxes). Adjustments are made depending on utility coverage included with the rental unit.
  • Market Rent - These housing providers compare rents in the private sector for similar units. You will pay a comparable rate to these units.
  • Utilities - Some housing communities in Halton include utilities in the rent. Units metered separately, such as townhouses, may require the tenant to pay for some or all of the utilities (hydro, water, and gas).

Is there any wheelchair accessible housing?

Many social housing providers in Halton offer accommodations suitable for wheelchair users. Check the details section of each listing to see the number and type of wheelchair accessible units.

What is Supportive Housing for seniors?

Suportive Housing helps seniors live independently. We provide help with everyday activities such as:

  • Personal care - bathing, basic higiene, preventative skin care
  • Personal support - dressing/undressing, reminders to take medicine etc.
  • Homemaking services - light housekeeping and laundry.

To apply, please include the Supportive Housing Application with your HATCH application form. HATCH will forward your request to the Supportive Housing Provider who will evaluate your needs.

Who are the housing providers in surrounding areas?