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Apply for Rent Supplement or Housing Allowance

A 'rent supplement/housing allowance' is a rent subsidy that bridges the difference between what a tenant can afford to pay and the full market rent.  Rent subsidies can vary in amount and duration.

Applicant Eligibility

  • applicant must be on (or eligible to be on) the Social Housing Waiting List
  • income cannot exceed 'Household Income Limits' as established by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • tenant cannot be related to owner/landlord/managing agent
  • other eligibility criteria may be in place for specialized rent supplement/housing allowance programs

Unit eligibility

  • rents cannot exceed CMHC average market rent (fully serviced)
  • self-contained
  • satisfactory state of repair (inspection required)
  • must meet occupancy standards
  • not eligible; hostels, group home/congregate living arrangements, nursing & retirement homes

How to Apply

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM IS LIMITED. The Housing Resource Centres, located in Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland and Orillia, are charitable, non-profit organizations that provide services to those in the community who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.  These centres are generally the first point of contact to apply for housing rent supplements IF funding is available.  County staff will determine eligibility of households referred by the resource centres and administer the subsidies.

Housing Resource Centres

Barrie Housing Support Services
39 Fraser Court, Barrie
Barrie, ON L4N 5J5
Phone: 705.739.0485
Orillia Housing Resource Centre
169 Front Street South, Suite 215
Orillia, ON L3V 4S8
Phone: 705.325.3883
Community Service Centre South Simcoe, Town Square
39 Victoria Street East,
PO Box 932
Alliston, ON L9R 1W1
Phone: 705.435.4900 x206
Georgian Triangle Housing
Resource Centre
115 Hurontario Street, Suite 105
Collingwood, ON L9Y 2L9
Phone: 705.445.0643 x237
Fax: 705.445.1425
Community Reach
850 Hartman Drive, Unit 4
Midland, ON L4R 0B6
Phone: 705.528.6999