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Affordable Housing

Creating and maintaining affordable housing is one of the City of Toronto's key priorities. The Affordable Housing Office expedites affordable housing development, facilitates the development of new policy and works in partnership with the federal and provincial governments and the private and voluntary sectors on a range of initiatives. City Council established the Affordable Housing Office and the Affordable Housing Committee in 2005.

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RFP to offer up to $5 million for rooming house repairs

The City of Toronto recognizes that legal, regulated rooming houses and similar accommodations play an important role in providing housing opportunities for residents.

To support the preservation of these properties, the City will issue an RFP in March inviting applications for funding for essential health and safety repairs, renovations, and accessibility modifications. The RFP will provide up to $5 million in federal/provincial funding to extend the functional life of legal, regulated rooming houses and similar accommodations. Watch this website for more details.

Close the Housing Gap Rally set for April 28

The first major Close the Housing Gap campaign event of 2015 will take place Tuesday, April 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join us for the Housing Matters! Rally in the Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall and contribute your ideas for campaign activity in 2015. Help to create a better housing future for Toronto by taking action to encourage the federal and provincial governments to step up for social, co-op and affordable housing. More details to come.

Outreach to community organizations across Toronto will also be among the highlights as Close the Housing Gap unleashes a new round of activities this year. Details of 2014 activities and upcoming plans are contained in a letter that has been sent to more than 45 endorsing organizations, more than 1,000 petition signers and to City Councillors.

The City and Toronto Community Housing launched the campaign to persuade the federal and provincial governments to continue funding social housing at existing levels and provide new, long-term funding for social housing capital repairs and new affordable housing.

As well, Ottawa and Queen's Park need to enter into a funding partnership to address the impact of expiring non-profit and co-op social housing agreements.

Mayor's Task Force on Toronto Community Housing

Mayor John Tory appointed an independent six-person Housing Task Force to take a hard look at how Toronto Community Housing serves the people of Toronto and how it is governed.

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Affordable Housing Opportunities

Financial Assistance

Toronto Renovates Homeowners Program

Note: The Toronto Renovates Homeowners Program has more than 700 Assessment Requests that have been processed or are waiting to be processed. This represents more than two years' worth of clients, based on current staffing and anticipated funding –and the program is oversubscribed.

In order to avoid a longer waiting time, the Affordable Housing Office has temporarily suspended accepting Toronto Renovates Assessment Requests as of 5 p.m. on September 30, 2014.

A brochure listing other sources of potential funding for home repairs is available here.

It is anticipated that the program will again begin accepting Assessment Requests before the end of 2015, once current clients have been served.

The Toronto Renovates program offers federal/provincial funding for lower-income seniors and people with a disability who wish to make health and safety repairs or accessibility modifications to their homes.

 

Home Ownership Assistance

The City of Toronto works with a number of groups that provide affordable home ownership opportunities. Please contact our community partners directly to learn what assistance they can offer:

Canary District Condominiums - MyHome Program at 416-603-7576 or canarydistrictmyhome.com

Toronto Community Housing and the Daniels Corporation at 416-955-0559 or danielsoneparkplace.com

Options for Homes at 416-867-1501 or optionsforhomes.ca

Habitat for Humanity Toronto at 416-755-7353 ext. 490 or torontohabitat.ca/apply-for-a-home/information-session-dates.html

Aboriginal purchasers should also contact the Miziwe Biik Development Corporation at 416-640-4688, 416-640-4688 or mbdc.ca/housing_loans.html

How We Can Help

Who Does What: Poverty, Housing and Homelessness

The City of Toronto offers assistance for residents coping with poverty, inadequate or unaffordable housing and homelessness.

City Divisions (PDF).

Aid for low-income homeowners

Low-income homeowners seeking assistance for health and safety repairs can access a  variety of government, non-profit and private sector programs.

Assistance for Lower-Income Homeowners (PDF)

Affordable Housing Office and Committee

Affordable Housing Committee

This committee oversees Affordable Housing Office activities, which include directing federal/ provincial  investments in affordable housing in partnership with private and non-profit developers.