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Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario

Affordable housing

The Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario program (IAH) (2014 Extension) will provide over $800 million in federal and provincial funding to improve access to affordable housing over six years.  $24.7M has been allocated to the County of Simcoe.

These funds may be used in the following components:



Rent Supplement/Housing AllowanceRent Supplement/Housing Allowance<p>A 'rent supplement/housing allowance' is a subsidy that would bridge the difference between what a tenant can afford to pay and the full market rent.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Applicant Eligibility</em></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>applicant must be on (or eligible to be on) the Social Housing Waiting List</li><li>income cannot exceed 'Household Income Limits' as established by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing </li><li>tenant cannot be related to owner/landlord/managing agent</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Unit eligibility</em></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>rents cannot exceed CMHC average market rent (fully serviced)</li><li>self-contained</li><li>satisfactory state of repair (inspection required)</li><li>must meet occupancy standards</li><li>not eligible; hostels, group home/congregate living arrangements, nursing &  retirement home</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>How to Apply</em></span><br><br><strong>FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM IS LIMITED</strong>. 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 will be the first point of contact to apply for housing rent supplements <strong>IF</strong> funding is available.  County staff will determine eligibility of households referred by the resource centres and administer the subsidies.<br><br><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>Housing Resource Centres</em></span><br><br><strong>BARRIE</strong><br> Barrie Housing Support Services<br> 129 Ferris Lane<br> Barrie, ON L4M 2Y1<br> Phone: 705.739.0485 <br><br><strong>ORILLIA</strong><br> Orillia Housing Resource Centre<br> 169 Front Street South, Suite 215<br> Orillia, ON L3V 4S8<br> Phone: 705.325.3883<br> <br><strong>ALLISTON</strong><br> Community Service Centre South Simcoe, Town Square<br> 39 Victoria Street East,<br> PO Box 932<br> Alliston, ON L9R 1W1<br> Phone: 705.435.4900 x206<br> <br><strong>COLLINGWOOD</strong><br> Georgian Triangle Housing<br> Resource Centre<br> 115 Hurontario Street, Suite 105<br> Collingwood, ON L9Y 2L9<br> Phone: 705.445.0643 x237<br> Fax: 705.445.1425<br> <br><strong>MIDLAND</strong><br> Community Reach<br> 850 Hartman Drive, Unit 4<br> Midland, ON L4R 0B6<br> Phone: 705.528.6999<br> </p>
Secondary Suites ProgramSecondary Suites Program<div><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl04_label" style="display:inline;"><span>​​​​​</span><span>​​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">The Secondary Suites Program provides funding of up to $30,000 per unit for the creation of a secondary or garden suite which is an effective means to increase the supply of affordable housing.​​</span><span> <p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Application intake for the Secondary Suites Program is year round. However, funding is limited and is provided on a first-come first-served basis to eligible applicants.</span></p> <p> For application details, review the <a href="/SocialHousing/Documents/Application%20Package%20-%20Secondary%20Suites%202020%20(fillable).pdf">Application Package</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Secondary and Garden Suites, read this <a href="/SocialHousing/Documents/Fact%20Sheet%20-%20Secondary%20Suites%202020%20Brochure.pdf">fact sheet</a>. </p> <p>For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, check out the <a href="/SocialHousing/Documents/FAQ%20Secondary%20Suites%20(3).pdf">Secondary Suites FAQ</a>.​<br></p></span><span> <p>Maximum Market Rents and Maximu<span style="font-size:1em;">m Tenant In</span><span style="font-size:1em;">come – <a href="/SocialHousing/Documents/2021-2022%20Maximum%20Market%20and%20Tenant%20Rents.pdf">2021-22 d​etails here</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></p></span><span> <p>For more information on the Secondary Suite Program process, <a href="/SocialHousing/Documents/Secondary%20Suite%20Process_Flow%20Chart.pdf">review this flow chart</a>.</p></span></div></div><div> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=987c1f8d-62ba-4c3c-9fef-7e561c0ab5f8">Ontario Renovates Program</a><br></div><div><p>For more information about secondary suites and Ontario Building Code requirements, please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/add-second-unit-your-house">Second Unit Innovation Guide</a>.</p></div> <br><br>
New Rental DevelopmentNew Rental Development<p></p><p>The New Rental Development component leads to the creation of affordable rental housing units. This could include new construction (including additions and extensions), acquisition, rehabilitation of projects that are in danger of being lost and conversion of non-residential buildings to rental units.  <br><br>The average rents would be at or below 80% of the CMHC Average Market Rent for the community. </p><p>Thank you for your interest in the development of affordable housing.  </p><p>Get <a href="http://www.biddingo.com/simcoe" target="_blank">notified automatically regarding County Tenders</a> for affordable housing funds </p><p>List of <a href="/SocialHousing/Documents/Affordable%20Housing%20Project%20contacts.pdf" target="_blank">projects developed</a> to date.  To live in any of these properties application must be made direct to the projects.</p>
Ontario RenovatesOntario Renovates<p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-5" lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">​​Ontario Renovates (Home Repairs):</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">The Ontario Renovates Program includes funding for urgent repairs, renovations, and accessibility modifications for low to moderate income homeowners. Funding of up to $15,000 per unit is available. Accessibility modifications are particularly beneficial for seniors to allow them to 'age in place' and persons with disabilities who require unit modifications. </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Application intake for urgent home repairs and accessibility modifications is year round; however, as funding is limite​d, applicants may be placed on a waitlist. Eligible applications are reviewed in the order they are received. </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">For application details, review the ​<a href="/SocialHousing/Documents/Application%20Package%20Ontario%20Renovates%20Repairs%202020%20(fillable)%20(1).pdf">2020 Application Package</a>​.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">For more information on Urgent Home Repair​s and Accessibility Modifications, <a href="/SocialHousing/Documents/Ontario%20Renovates%20Fact%20Sheet-%20Urgent%20Repairs%20May%202020%20(1).pdf">read this Fact Sheet</a>.</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, <a href="/SocialHousing/Documents/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions%20-%20Home%20Repairs.pdf">check out the FAQ here</a>.<br></span></p><p> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=78cf8411-9364-42e0-816d-59e4e1072776">Secondary Suites Program</a><br><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:arial, sans-serif;"></span></p>