Housing

Housing Stability Benefit

The Housing Stability Benefit or HSB helps Ontario Disability Support Program, Ontario Works recipients and people with low income maintain their housing.

  • ODSP and OW recipients can receive help with last month's rent, rent arrears, appliances, moving costs, and mattresses for adults, bed for children, utility arrears and bed bug preparation and prevention.
  • People with low income can receive help with utility and rent arrears.

Housing Stability Benefit eligibility criteria:

  • Approved applicants are eligible for a maximum amount of money in a 24-month period.
  • HSB will not be given to anyone who is setting up a residence outside of Hamilton.
  • HSB is not a mandatory benefit.

How to apply for the Housing Stability Benefit

OW recipients can apply through Housing Services or online by completing the Request for Housing Stability Benefit Request Form (PDF,  183 KB)

Are you using a mobile device? You will need to download a free mobile app and PDF viewer to complete the fillable forms. iOS users please use Chrome browser instead of Safari to download the file.

Housing Services Division
350 King St East, Suite 110
Hamilton, ON
L8N 3Y3
Fax 905-540-6358
[email protected]

Low-income and ODSP recipients can apply at the Hamilton Housing Help Centre:

Hamilton Housing Help Centre
119 Main St. East
Hamilton, Ontario
Phone: 905-526-8100
www.housinghelpcentre.ca


Rent Ready Benefit

The Rent Ready program helps Ontario Disability Support Program, Ontario Works recipients and people with low income maintain their housing. This program expires on December 31, 2021 or when the program investment of $500,000 is fully allocated, whichever occurs first.

  • Eligible applicants can receive financial support for utility and rent arrears and first and/or last months rent.

Rent Ready eligibility criteria:

  • Approved applicants must have already accessed their maximum eligibility through the Housing Stability Benefit Program.
  • Rent Ready is not available for setting up a residence outside of Hamilton.
  • Rent Ready is not a mandatory benefit.

How to apply for the Rent Ready Benefit

OW recipients can apply through Housing Services or online by completing the Request for Housing Stability Benefit Request Form (PDF,  183 KB)

Are you using a mobile device? You will need to download a free mobile app and PDF viewer to complete the fillable forms. iOS users please use Chrome browser instead of Safari to download the file.

Housing Services Division
350 King St East, Suite 110
Hamilton, ON
L8N 3Y3
Fax 905-540-6358
[email protected]

Low-income and ODSP recipients can apply at the Hamilton Housing Help Centre:

Hamilton Housing Help Centre
119 Main St. East
Hamilton, Ontario
Phone: 905-526-8100
www.housinghelpcentre.ca

Indigenous community members:

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
34 Ottawa St. N.
Hamilton, Ontario
Phone (905) 548-9593
www.hric.ca

Funding for the Rent Ready program is provided by the City of Hamilton