Housing Supports consists of programs delivered directly to individuals to make housing and related costs affordable and to prevent homelessness, including:
- Rent Supplement/Housing Allowance Programs provide a subsidy to individuals on the Social Housing Waitlist to obtain housing in the private market. Agreements are signed with landlords and the subsidy is paid directly to the landlord. This expands the availability of affordable housing in Hamilton.
- The Ontario Renovates and Emergency Repair Programs provide forgivable loans and grants to low income homeowners and landlords for essential home or apartment repairs. Modifications for accessibility are included in the programs.
- The Down Payment Assistance Program supports affordable homeownership by providing a forgivable loan to enable low to moderate income renters to have a down payment to purchase a home.
- Within Housing Services, Case Managers administer subsidy for eligible tenants through subsidy agreements with 54 RCF’s. Additionally, Case Managers provide services to help people find and maintain appropriate housing and supports, including administering Ontario Works for clients experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in Hamilton.
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