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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

Millions of dollars needed to better deal with homelessness, councillor urges
Mar 22, 2018
A city councillor says Ottawa needs to spend more money to better deal with homelessness within the city and provides recommendations.
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Thunder Bay DSSAB points out need for mental health, addictions funding
Mar 20, 2018
There is a goal to have the provincial ministry of health to make it easier for DSSAB clients and tenants to access mental health and addiction supports, helping them stay in their current homes.
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Two families receive keys to their new homes, thanks to Habitat for Humanity
Mar 20, 2018
Families who had entered to be considered for a home in 2017 received the keys after helping build them with Habitat for Humanity
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City records spike in homeless families as it assesses midpoint of 10-year plan
Mar 17, 2018
Ottawa tries to find more affordable housing for large families as they experience an increase in the number of homeless families.
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