HOUSING PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The County of Dufferin offers several Housing programs and services to assist with low-income, homelessness and more.
The County of Dufferin has been designated through the Housing Services Act (HSA) 2011, as the Service Manager for Social Housing for Dufferin County.
Dufferin Housing Services manages 279 senior/integrated/family units.
Market rents for units are set below the average market rent for the community.
For tenants who receive Rent Geared to Income (RGI) assistance, the rent is based on approximately 30% of their gross monthly income with adjustments for utilities.
For tenants who live in "Affordable" units the rent is based on approximately 80% of the market rent for the community. Housing units are located in Orangeville, Shelburne and Grand Valley. Applications for these units are accepted and managed by Housing Access Dufferin (HAD).
10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan for Dufferin County If you would like to know more about Housing and Homelessness in Dufferin County, please see the County’s “10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan”.
HOUSING ACCESS DUFFERIN
Rent Geared-to-Income (RGI) assistance is also known as subsidized housing.
RGI assistance is for eligible households who do not have enough income and/or assets to pay market rent. Rent for tenants is based on their income. It is available to those who have applied to move into rental units where subsidy is offered.
Ways To Apply To The RGI Waitlist
- By phone at 519.941.6991
- Pick-up an application at our office at 30 Centre Street, Orangeville
- Download an application package
- Click here to apply online
Application and verification documents will be reviewed for eligibility. If the applicant is eligible, they are then placed on the Centralized Waiting List for Dufferin County.
For more information contact Housing Access Dufferin (HAD), County of Dufferin Community Services, 30 Centre Street, Orangeville, Ontario 519.941.6991 ext 2021
County of Dufferin tenants should contact their Community Services Worker (CSW) if they have questions about their tenancy on 519.941.6991.
Tenants wanting to report repairs should call the Housing Maintenance Line on 519.941.8221.
HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM
Low income residents of Dufferin County may be eligible for financial assistance to help find or keep housing.
Eligible expenses may include last month's rent deposits, utility deposits, and rent and utility arrears.
Other housing-related expenses may be considered, such as moving and storage, or emergency needs for people who are homeless.
Funds are limited and subject to availability
Applicants must meet eligibility criteria and provide proof of all information, including income, housing costs and other expenses.
Applications for this program are available at the Community Services office in Orangeville, the Ontario Early Years Centres in Shelburne and Grand Valley.
For more information on the program please download an application package or contact Valerie Irwin, County of Dufferin Community Services, 30 Centre Street, Orangeville, Ontario 519.941.6991 ext 2105
For handy hints and tips for saving money, please download a copy of the Financial Basics Brochure.
HOME OWNERSHIP PROGRAM
The County of Dufferin Homeownership Program is designed to provide moderate income individuals and families with an interest free down payment assistance loan to help them in purchasing their own home.
The County of Dufferin can provide up to five percent (5%) in down payment assistance to eligible applicants to assist them in purchasing a home to a maximum of $20,000.
- Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
- Applicants must be renter households.
- Have a gross household income at or below Annual Maximum Household Income Level per Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. (Subject to Change.)
- Assets of no more than $20,000.
- Be eligible for financing from a financial institution.
- Single Family Home.
- The selling price of the home must be at or below the Average Resale Price. (Subject to Change.)
- Loan amount is 5% of the purchase price to a maximum of $20,000.
For more information on the program please download an application package or contact Natalie Hunzinger, ext. 2103 or Valerie Irwin, ext. 2105, County of Dufferin Community Services, 30 Centre Street, Orangeville, Ontario 519.941.6991.
For information to help you make an informed decision, visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) for tips and tools on what to expect: http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/buho/index.cfm
Accessibility Repair Grant Program
The Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario (IAH) – Ontario Renovates Component provides financial assistance for low to moderate income homeowner or renter households to increase accessibility of their unit through modifications and adaptations. The program runs from April to December.
Eligible repairs for an IAH Ontario Renovates Accessibility Grant may include the modifications to increase accessibility related to housing and reasonably related to the occupant’s disability including:
- Chair and Bath Lifts
- Height Adjustments to Countertops
- Cues for doorbells/fire alarms
Other eligible costs may include labour and applicable taxes, building permits, legal, appraisal and inspection fees, certificates, drawings, specifications and any other costs that the County of Dufferin deems reasonable.
Homeowner/Renter Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for IAH Ontario Renovates financial assistance the homeowner/renter must meet the following criteria (as applicable):
- Gross household income at or below Annual Maximum Household Income Level per Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Subject to Change.
- Own a home or rent a unit that is their sole and principal residence
- Be a minimum 18 years of age
House/Unit Eligibility Criteria
Units eligible under the IAH Ontario Renovates program must meet the following criteria:
- The value of the home must be at or below Quarterly MLS Average Resale Price. Subject to Change.
- Property taxes and mortgage payments must be up-to-date
- Insurance coverage must be in place for the full value of the home
For more information on the program please download an application package or contact Andrea Smith, County of Dufferin Community Services, 30 Centre Street, Orangeville, Ontario 519.941.6991 ext 2404
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a community-based program that relies on communities to determine their own needs and to develop appropriate projects. The HPS supports 61 designated communities and some small, rural, northern and Aboriginal communities to develop local solutions to homelessness. Dufferin County is a designated community where the Federal Government has made a commitment to maintain annual funding for housing and homelessness from 2014-2018. Our community is served by a Community Advisory Board (CAB), a steering committee that develops a Community Plan (CP). The CP priority is: “To reduce homelessness through a Housing First (HF) approach.” HF focuses on moving people who are experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness as rapidly as possible from the street or emergency shelter into permanent housing with supports that vary according to client need. The CAB committee plays a vital role as a champion for the continuum of care for housing and homelessness in our community.
Each of the 61 designated communities is required to develop a comprehensive community plan to address homelessness that identifies issues and priorities, and provides additional information about partnerships and target populations. HPS funds are invested in projects that support the community priorities identified in the plan. To see Dufferin’s approved Community Plan please see: Dufferin Homelessness Partnering Strategy Community Plan 2014–2019
CAB includes a range of partners from the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. These partners work together to develop plans for ending homelessness in their communities.
The County of Dufferin act as the Community Entity (CE) to flow HPS funds to CAB from the Federal Government. For more information on the CAB please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2013 CAB commissioned a report to paint a picture of what homelessness looks like in Dufferin County. The report provides a baseline of Dufferin specific information to help with planning and to help raise awareness. To find out more please see: “State of Homelessness in Dufferin” report
20,000 Homes Campaign
The 20,000 Homes Campaign is a national movement of communities working together to permanently house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people by July 1, 2018. The campaign is spear headed by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.
At CAB’s meeting on Wednesday July 20th, 2016, the committee voted to join the 20,000 Homes campaign in order to strengthen and promote the ongoing work in the area of Housing First.
The committee then formed a ‘Project Leadership’ sub committee which held their first meeting on Tuesday August 2, 2016 and started the ground work for the campaign.
The committee will meet weekly and consists of representatives from the County of Dufferin (Housing Department), Supportive Housing In Peel (SHIP), Choices Youth Shelter, Family Transition Place (FTP) and Orangeville Food Bank.
CAB will complete at least one Registry (a 2 day count of the homeless population) and we will engage volunteers who want to contribute to implementing a registry and taking forward action: neighbours, people with lived experience, local businesses, housing and service providers, faith-based groups and government agencies.
- Training for volunteers on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October.
- The count is scheduled for Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th October 2016.
Then after the details from the count have been compiled into a report there will be an official launch of the report and a ‘Call to Action’ to garner more ongoing support and raise awareness for homelessness services.
- The Call to Action is scheduled for Tuesday November 22nd, 2016 to coincide with National Housing Day.
The Project Leadership committee will be working with the wider CAB committee and other local agencies to recruit volunteers to help with the count/data collection.
CAB will also work to raise awareness within the homeless population to let them know the count is coming and that their participation is needed. (Participants will be given an honorarium as a thank you for taking part in the survey.)
For more information please visit: www.20kdufferin.shipshey.ca
For information about becoming a volunteer click here
For information on how to be included in the count click here
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