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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

Homelessness Awareness
Feb 23, 2014
CBC News Homelessness Awareness
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Ontario housing market expected to stabilize in 2014
Feb 23, 2014
The housing market in Ontario has bounced back a bit and is expected to continue the upward trend through early 2014, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Housing Market Outlook - Canada Edition.
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2014 Rent Increase Cap Second Lowest Since 1975 - Ontario Government Committed to Affordable Housing
Feb 23, 2014
Ontario is capping rent increases for 2014 at 0.8 per cent for the province's one million tenant households -- the second lowest cap since the introduction of rent regulation 38 years ago.
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Tri-Cities find success in fight against homelessness
Nov 26, 2013
While other Metro Vancouver municipalities have seen their homeless populations grow, the Tri-Cities are headed in the other direction.
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Featured HHAO Member

Social Service Department

The Social Services Department provides a diverse range of community and human services, which are responsive to the unique and changing needs of Lanark County. The department is organized into four divisions: Social Housing, Ontario Works, Children's Services and Adult Protective Services. The department's vision is to provide a range of high-quality social services that are responsive to the unique and changing needs of our community. In January of 2013 the Social Service Department jointly sponsored a work shop in conjunction with HHAO on Best Practices in Housing Help for Service providers in Lanark County.

Get Involved

Concerned about housing and homelessness issues? Join a local advocacy group or coalition in your area. These are groups of volunteers and agency staff who work to address the issues of poverty and housing and homelessness in their neighbourhoods. Click here


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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