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Where can you find Housing Help in Ontario

What is Housing Help?

Housing Help ... a number of services that help people who do not have a place to live, or who are in a difficult situation and may become homeless.

If this is you, Housing Help services can help you find a place to live that you can afford and a place that is right for you.

This association can help you:

Find a place to live: This is called Housing Access and it means everything from helping you leave a bad situation (crisis intervention), to helping you find the right type of place for you. Housing Help services can help you search for market rent housing and help you with subsidized housing applications. Housing Help services may even help you find ways to pay for the costs of moving to your new place.

Settle into your new place: This is called Housing Stabilization and it means checking with you to see how you are doing in your new place. For example, helping you get to know your new neighbourhood and everything it has to offer.

Avoid having to leave your place: This is called Eviction Prevention and it means providing you with information about your legal rights as a renter or talking to your landlord.

Find Financial Support: This is called Income Support Assistance and it means helping you with money matters including Ontario Works (OW), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS), Rent, Bank loans and utility grants.
There are Housing Help Centres in small and big cities and towns across Ontario. A variety of places like shelters, drop-in programs, and agencies also have some Housing Help services.

To find Housing Help in your area, click on our map of Ontario.

Welcome to the Association

The Housing Help Association of Ontario (HHAO)
If you are an organization that provides Housing Help, become a member today to enjoy benefits like:

  • Province-wide Support and Coordination
  • Promotion of Housing Help Services
  • Public Education Materials and Campaigns
  • Research and Policy Development
  • Professional Development & Training
  • Networking and Peer Support
  • Government Relations
To find out more about the HHAO or become a member, Click here.

News & Resources

Willard and Sally receive provincial award
Apr 15, 2015
Ontario is recognizing 15 individuals and three organizations for their commitment to volunteerism and longstanding service to their communities by presenting them with a June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.
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Fighting Homelessness, One Smartphone at a Time
Apr 14, 2015
Holly Leonard has been homeless on and off for years. There was a stint in jail and, more recently, a period in a women’s homeless shelter, while her husband slept in their car.
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Ontario Launches Public Consultations to Improve Access to Affordable Housing
Apr 14, 2015
Ontario is launching consultations to support a renewed Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy to ensure that the document supports the Province's goals of improving outcomes for people and ending homelessness.
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Homeless shelter looking for affordable youth housing
Apr 14, 2015
Windsor Residence Inc. is looking to partner with landlords and housing owners to secure affordable living space for homeless and at risk youth as part of its new Youth Housing First Program.
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Featured HHAO Member


Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (SCATEH)

The Simcoe county alliance to end homelessness (scateh) is a local movement to prevent and end homelessness in Simcoe County through coordinated strategies, advocacy and awareness. SCATEH undertakes three core activities including, coordinating the system of care to end homelessness, advocating for client access to systems, and seek policy change to support ending homelessness and raising awareness of homelessness in Simcoe County. SCATEH believes in Simcoe there is an affordable housing crisis and that these issues are too complex for any one of us to solve alone and we believe together, we can find a solution. SCATEH works to connect with Community Stakeholders, Developers, and Elected Officials towards ending homelessness. There are a variety of tools and resources available and resources to assist with the development of affordable housing on SCATEH's website. Click on the link to visit this member’s NEW webpage to find out more:

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The Low-Income Energy Network

The Low-Income Energy Network: aims to ensure universal access to adequate affordable energy as a basic necessity, while minimizing the impacts on health and on the local and global environment of meeting the essential energy and conservation needs of all Ontarians.

Housing First Tool Kit

The Housing First Tool Kit contains a listing of articles, studies and web links to some of the latest research on the housing first model. If you have other resources to share with your colleagues, please email us.


Support the Housing Help Association of Ontario (HHAO) in our mission to increase Housing Help Services as a recognizable identity, to strengthen homelessness prevention work for people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness across the Ontario. Click on the CanadaHelps button and choose to have your donation designated to "Housing Help Association of Ontario."

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