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Affordable Housing

Creating and maintaining affordable housing is a key City of Toronto priority. The Affordable Housing Office expedites affordable housing development, facilitates health and safety repairs and accessibility improvements to homes, conducts policy development and partners with the federal and provincial governments and the private and non-profit sectors on a range of initiatives.

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Open Door Call for Affordable Rental Housing Applications is now open!

The City has issued the 2017 Open Door Call for Affordable Rental Housing Applications.

Private and non-profit organizations are encouraged to participate in the program by submitting a complete Open Door Application package no later than 12 noon on May 31st, 2017. City Council approval of successful applications will occur in early October 2017.

NEW: Changed Meeting Date and Location: The first information session for the Call for Applications will be held Friday, March 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room #308 (Third Floor).

Sign up for the Open Door Registry

By signing up for the Open Door Registry, you will be the first to:

  • be notified when affordable rental and ownership housing RFPs/ Calls for Applications are available
  • Learn about affordable housing development opportunities on public land across Toronto.
  • Learn about other Open Door projects which are creating affordable housing

How to sign-up

RFP issued for supportive/transitional housing repairs

The City of Toronto has issued a Request for Proposals for non-profit corporations operating transitional and/or supportive housing who wish to renovate or repair their buildings.

The RFP offers grants through the federal government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) to extend the lifespan of buildings and improve the safety and security of low- income, formerly homeless, residents. Up to $500,000 is available as capital grants by way of forgivable loans. A maximum of $75,000 is available for any one proposal.

The deadline for submissions is April 21, 2017.

RFP (PDF)

Appendices (PDF)

Appendix C (PDF)

Federal Rental Innovation Fund accepting applications

The federal government's $200-million Affordable Rental Innovation Fund encourages new funding models and innovative building techniques to create rental housing. The fund is now accepting applications for unique ideas that will revolutionize the affordable rental sector.

Toronto's proposals for a National Housing Strategy

Toronto has submitted its proposals to the federal government's National Housing Strategy consultation. Taking Action on Housing is based on Council decisions, cross-divisional input and public consultations and sets out six strategic recommendations and 25 recommended actions. It speaks to the housing crisis in Toronto and across the country that has engulfed so many – from seniors to young professionals to vulnerable persons.

Note: The federal government has release a Summary Report of what it heard during consultations.

HOT Progress Report

Toronto City Council adopted Housing Opportunities Toronto, An Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020 (HOT) in 2009 and it came into effect in 2010. HOT addresses the City’s affordable housing priorities, including moving vulnerable people from streets and shelters into stable homes, assisting people to stay in their homes, improving private apartments and social housing, building 1,000 affordable rental homes annually, and making home ownership more affordable.

HOT Progress Report 2015 (PDF)

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ExpandCouncil allocates IAH Extension program funding

In partnership with the federal and provincial governments, City Council has agreed to support more affordable housing opportunities by allocating $197.1 million under the federal/provincial Investment in Affordable Housing program. Funds will be invested over five years in: housing allowances; new affordable rental construction; rental and ownership home repairs and affordable home ownership.

Housing allowances: Council allocated $97.36 million for housing allowances that will assist some 5,106 households. This program will be managed by the Shelter, Support and Housing Administration.

New affordable rental housing: Council allocated $58.04 million for new affordable rental construction to assist in the construction of 637 affordable homes.

Home Repairs: Council allocated $20.6 million for Toronto Renovates. Some 1,105 lower-income seniors and persons living with a disability who own their home will receive grants for repairs, adaptations or home modifications essential to safety and the ability to live independently. As well, 166 rooms or units in legal rooming houses will be repaired or renovated.

Home ownership: Council allocated $11.23 million to provide 321 down-payment assistance loans to eligible families and individuals. The loans will be allocated through a Request for Proposals.

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