Housing Services

The Housing and Property Services office will be closed to the public effective end of March 16, 2020 until further notice. Although the office will be closed to personal visits, we will continue all essential services to our tenants. Please call the office at 519-482-8505 if you have any further questions.

The County of Huron’s Social Housing Program provides a range of administrative, support and funding services to provide affordable housing options in the County of Huron.

Available programs allow seniors to stay in their home communities, offer affordable homes to low-income families and give disabled people independence in a safe and secure environment.

Centrally located south of Clinton, our services include:

  • Answers to questions about Social Housing in the County of Huron
  • Processing new applications for subsidized (rent-geared-to-income) housing within the county
  • Determine eligibility for social housing according to the Housing Services Act, 2011
  • Update applications for subsidized housing with required information changes
  • Manage and maintain a Centralized Waiting List for Social Housing Providers within Huron County

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    Tenants

    County View Seniors’ Apartments

    In partnership with the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, the County of Huron has built a new 31 unit apartment building for seniors called the County View Seniors’ Apartments.

    This three storey 31 unit apartment building (19 one bedroom & 12 two bedroom units) is located just south of Clinton. Situated on 13 acres of well-manicured grounds, the site features:

    • Quiet rural setting
    • Fully landscaped site
    • On-site tenant parking lot
    • Solar domestic hot water preheat
    • Paved pathways throughout the complex

    Seniors applying for housing at this facility must be 60 years of age or older.

    Each spacious 1 and 2 bedroom seniors’ apartment contains:

    • Full-size top mount refrigerator and electric range
    • Individually controlled hot water heating and air conditioning
    • Dedicated power chair receptacles
    suite bSuite A – The 2019 monthly rental rate for 1 bedroom unit is $542.00 plus electricity.
    suite aSuite B – The 2019 monthly rental rate for 2 bedroom unit is $732.00 plus electricity.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Green energy initiatives throughout the building have been funded by a Renewable Energy Initiative program. Additional building features include:

    • Controlled security access
    • Coin operated common laundry facility
    • Common lounge for use by all tenants
    • Elevator access to all floors
    • Occupant sensors to reduce lighting demand in vacant corridors

    Applications are available here, by calling the Huron County Housing Services at 519.482.8505, ext. 4252, or at the Social Services office, located in the Jacob Memorial Building, 77722D London Road, Clinton.

    Completed applications must be submitted to the Huron County Housing Services.

    Non-Profit Housing

    Non-profit and Co-operative housing units which provide rent-geared-to-income and market rent housing for families, singles or seniors are available from:

    • Belmore Non-Profit Housing Corporation (Wroxeter)
    • Huron Sands Non-Profit Homes Incorporated (Goderich)
    • Vanastra Lions Club Apartments Incorporated (Clinton)
    • Exandarea Meadows Housing Co-operative (Exeter)
    • Second Stage Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence (Clinton, Goderich, Exeter)
    Second Stage Housing

    Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services of Huron provides housing for women and children who are victims of family violence. Second Stage housing provides rent-geared-to-income apartments in a secure building for women, with or without children, for up to one year. Units include fridge and stove, 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms, and on-site laundry facilities are available.

    Women who have identified themselves as survivors of abuse whether physical, emotional, sexual or verbal are eligible to apply. Applicants must be either self-referred, residents of a shelter for abused women, or referred by a professional in the community.

    Applications are available at Second Stage Housing in Clinton, Exeter and Goderich, plus the Women’s Shelter of Huron located at 376 Huron Road in Goderich. An interview is required to assess the applicant’s needs and the ability to meet these needs; applications are then reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Upon acceptance to Second Stage Housing, women will be required to sign an occupancy contract.

    Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

    Huron Women’s Shelter

    Telephone: 519.524.5333

    Transition Support Worker or Children’s Community Social Worker

    Telephone: 519.524.1620

    Social Housing

    There are several hundred rent-geared-to-income (RGI) apartments and houses located throughout the county. Huron County’s Housing Services provide housing to families, seniors, couples, single people and people with special needs in a variety of housing forms including townhouses, apartments as well as single and semi-detached dwellings.

    Housing units vary in size from bachelor apartments to four bedroom houses. Some units are accessible for the physically disabled. Most of the housing is available on a rent-geared-to-income basis, however some projects offer market rent units.

    The County of Huron owns and manages 415 rent-geared-to-income units through the Huron County Housing Corporation and has additional units available through Rent Supplement agreements with private landlords. The remaining rent-geared-to-income units are owned and managed by various Non-Profit and Co-operative groups.

    Social Housing units are located in Bayfield, Blyth, Brussels, Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Seaforth, Wingham and Zurich.

    You can apply for the following RGI rental units through the County of Huron’s Social Housing Department.

     

    Address Town Bachelor One bedroom Two bedrooms Three bedrooms Four bedrooms
    Family Units Clinton 12
    Family Units Goderich 35 24 3
    Family Units Wingham 4 6
    9 Jane St. Bayfield 17
    299 Queen Blyth 24
    400 Alexander Brussels 34
    134 King Clinton 19
    135 James Clinton 18
    134 Sanders Exeter 32
    250 Picton Goderich 6 6
    85 West Goderich 53 1
    50 Market Seaforth 21
    34 John Seaforth 16
    45 Alfred Wingham 28
    50 Alfred Wingham 4 5
    359 Edward Wingham 7 4
    52 Bristol Wingham 16
    31 Main Zurich 20
    Subsidized Housing

    Subsidized housing, or rent-geared-to-income (RGI) assistance, is available for eligible households.

    RGI assistance means the amount of rent you pay is determined by your income; rent amounts are based on paying approximately 30% of your gross (before taxes) monthly household income. For example, if your household members make $1500 a month combined, your basic subsidized rent might be about $500 with adjustments for utilities.

    The amount of rent paid by Ontario Works/Ontario Disability Support Program recipients is determined by a scale provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Community and Social Services in accordance with the Housing Services Act, 2011.

    To qualify for rent-geared-to-income assistance you must meet the following criteria:

    • You or someone in your household must be 16 years old or older and capable of living independently
    • Each member of the household must be a Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / or have made a claim for refugee protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) and no removal orders have become enforceable against any member of the household
    • You must not owe arrears for rent or damages to any social housing provider or have been found by the Rental Housing Tribunal or a court of law to have misrepresented income in relation to the receipt of rent geared-to-income assistance
    • If you own a house, you must agree to put it up for sale upon offer to lease and sell within six months

    Eligibility for rent-geared-to-income assistance varies from household to household, please contact County of Huron Housing Services to see if you qualify.

    Applying for Subsidized Housing

    To apply for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) assistance you must complete an application form, or by contacting County of Huron Housing Services.

    Upon verification of eligibility for rent-geared-to-income assistance, your application will be added to a Centralized Waiting List of social housing providers within the county in chronological order of receipt.

    Offers of housing will be made keeping in mind the household’s preference for a particular site or area when the application reaches the top of the list.

    Households may refuse offers made by Housing Services; however if three reasonable offers are refused the household will be removed from the waiting list. Applicants are responsible to inform Huron County Housing Services of any changes to the information provided on their application. Changes must be reported within 15 business days of the change taking place. Applications that are NOT updated may be removed from the waiting list.

    Applications to live in a County-owned, rent-geared-to-income, rent supplement unit, or units owned by the following provider groups: Belmore, Huron Sands, Vanastra and Exandarea Meadows, must be made through the Huron County Housing Services office.

    Verification Requirements

    In order to process your application prior to lease signing, you will be required to supply copies of the following documents:

    • Verification of income for all household members
    • Verification of assets for all household members
      • Note: this includes a copy of all bankbook(s) and/or statement(s) for all
        household members, statements from all investments (i.e. RRSP, RIF,
        GIC, annuities, etc.), life insurance documentation verifying the cash
        surrender value of your policy, and verification of any transfer of assets
        from the past 3 years
    • Income Tax Notice of Assessment (received back from Revenue Canada from previous year) for all household members. You may request a copy of your assessment from Revenue Canada by calling 1.800.959.8281
    • School verification for all dependents 16 years of age and older may be requested
    • Family units must provide verification that utilities, in their name, have been connected
    • Copies of all support/custody agreements

    Your lease agreement cannot be processed without all of the above documentation.

    Where to Apply

    To apply for social housing, a common application form is available or can be picked up from any of the following sites*:

    Huron County Housing Corporation

    77722D London Road
    Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0
    Tel: 519.482.8505

    Belmore Non-Profit Housing Corporation

    Box 122, RR 1
    Wroxeter, Ontario N0G 2X0
    Tel: 519.392.8117

    Huron Sands Non-Profit Homes Incorporated

    Unit 35-80 Balvina Drive
    Goderich, Ontario N7A 4L8
    Tel: 519.524.5763
    Fax: 519.524.5767

    Vanastra Lions Club Apartments Incorporated

    198-12th Street, RR 5
    Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0
    Tel: 519.482.7826
    Fax: 519.482.7856

    Exandarea Meadows Housing Co-operative

    1-51 Church Street
    Exeter, Ontario N0M 1S2
    Tel: 519.235.3382

    * All completed applications must be submitted to the Huron County Housing Corporation.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I apply for rent-geared-to-income housing?

    An application form must be completed to apply for housing. Copies are available online or by contacting Huron County Housing Services. Upon verification of eligibility, your application will be added to our central waiting list.

    How soon will I know if I am on the waiting list?

    When your application is received, it will be reviewed to be sure that all required information is included. You will be notified in writing within seven business days as to whether you are eligible for geared-to-income assistance, or if additional information is needed for your application. If you are eligible, you will be told you are placed on the waiting lists for the locations you selected, and the number of bedrooms your household qualifies for.s.

    What happens while I’m waiting for Housing?

    It is important that you keep your application up to date in order to stay on the centralized waiting list and maintain your eligibility status. You must report any changes to the information you previously submitted within 15 business days of the change taking place or your application can be cancelled and your name removed from the waiting list.

    Can I refuse to accept a unit?

    You can refuse to move into housing offered by Housing Services however, if three reasonable offers are refused, the household will be removed from the waiting list.

    If I own my own home, do I still qualify?

    If you own, or have a legal interest in a residential property that can be lived in year-round, you will be required to sell your interest in the property within six months after you have moved into geared-to-income assisted housing.

    Homeowners

    Ontario Renovates

    The Ontario Renovates Program is designed to improve the living conditions of low to moderate income households in need. It offers financial assistance to complete home repair deficiencies, energy efficiency upgrades and accessibility upgrades for persons with disabilities.

    This program will be administered through the Housing and Property Services Division and any necessary home inspections will be completed by a Certified Home Inspection provider.

    The program provides assistance in the form of a grant for accessibility upgrades (under $5,000) or a forgivable loan for home repairs (to a maximum of $10,000).

    Who is eligible?

    You may be eligible if your total household income is at or below $85,700 and you own a home in Huron County that is your sole and principal residence with an assessed value of $355,730 or less.

    All property taxes and mortgage payments must be up to date and insurance coverage in place for the full assessed value of the home.

    How much financial assistance can I receive?

    • Funding for accessibility upgrades, up to a maximum of $5,000 is in the form of a grant, and does not require repayment.
    • Forgivable loans to a maximum of $10,000 will be secured by a promissory note provided by the County of Huron. Maximum one time funding available is $10,000 per household.

    What types of repairs can be done?

    Eligible repairs under the Ontario Renovates Program may be in one or more of these areas:

    • Heating systems including furnace replacement
    • Chimneys
    • Doors and windows
    • Foundations
    • Roofs, walls floors and ceilings
    • Vents, louvers
    • Electrical systems
    • Plumbing, toilet replacement, water heaters
    • Septic systems and well water, well drilling

    Modifications to increase accessibility related to housing, and to the homeowner’s disability include, but are not limited to:

    • Ramps
    • Handrails
    • Chair and bath lifts
    • Height adjustments to counter-tops
    • Cues for doorbells and/or fire alarms

    How do I apply?

    The application and support materials have been made available below.

    Applications and additional information is also available by contacting Huron County Housing and Property Services at 519.482.8505 ext 4255, during regular business hours Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

    Ontario Renovates – Program Guidelines

    Ontario Renovates – Program Application

    Ontario Renovates – Medical Form

    Ontario Renovates – Steps for Home Repair

    Homeownership Assistance

    The Federal and Provincial governments are providing funding to make homeownership affordable for low and moderate-income renter households by providing down payment assistance in the form of a forgivable loan.

    Eligible homes may be either a new build or a resale .

    Funding will be provided to eligible households upon receipt of a fully executed Agreement of Purchase and Sale until all funding is depleted for the County.

    The Agreement of Purchase and Sale must be current with a closing date of at minimum 45 days from the date of submitting a completed application with all required supporting documentation. Please check with the Housing Programs Coordinator to determine the status of funding availability.

    Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are very limited.

    Huron County will be responsible for establishing a permanent revolving fund for the delivery of homeownership units.

    Eligible Units

    • Resale homes with the condition of a current home inspection
    • New units, including conversions from non-residential use that qualify for Tarion’s New Home Warranty
    • Units may be detached, semi-detached, town (condo and free-hold), stacked homes, row houses or apartments
    • Homes must be modest in size as determined by the Province and the County of Huron

    Homeownership Assistance Levels

    The Homeownership assistance will be used as a down payment on the purchase of a new home. The amount of the assistance will be up to 10% of the cost of an eligible home to a maximum amount of $35,573 and will be provided at the time of closing of the purchase and sale of the home.

    No interest will be charged on the assistance. Appropriate documentation will be in place to secure the down payment assistance on title.

    Maximum Purchase Price

    The purchaser’s housing costs must be at or below the average market-selling price for the area and must not exceed $355,730.

    Household Eligibility

    To be eligible for down payment assistance under the Homeownership Program, prospective purchasers must meet the following minimum criteria:

    • Household income must not exceed $85,700
    • Does not currently own a home or have an ownership interest in a home or business
    • Personal assets, of the applicants for homeownership assistance, including any gifted amounts from friends or family, savings, RRSPs, etc., must not exceed $20,000.00
    • Be a household currently renting in Huron County buying a sole and principal residence in Huron County
    • 18 years of age or older
    • Meet any additional criteria established and communicated by the County of Huron

    Eligible applicants who meet all specified requirements and are qualified for mortgage at a recognized financial institution will be selected on a continuous basis until the funds are depleted.

    Security Agreements

    The County of Huron will register an appropriate security agreement (e.g. a mortgage) with the purchaser on title to provide a mechanism for the repayment of the down payment assistance and ten percent of the realized capital gains to the Homeownership Revolving Loan Fund, when ownership changes as a result of the sale of the house.

    Conditions for Repayment by a Homeowner

    The program has a 20 year affordability period. If a house that is purchased under this program is sold before the 20 year affordability period expires, the homeowner is required to repay the original contribution plus ten per cent of the realized capital gains. Contributions repaid to the County’s Homeownership Revolving Fund are to be redistributed under the Homeownership component in the County. If the home is sold after 20 years, there will not be a repayment of the contribution or capital gains to the revolving loan fund.

    View the Homeownership Application Guidelines here.

    View the Homeownership Application Form here.

    For Further Information:

    Contact the Housing Programs Coordinator at:
    Huron County Housing Services Division
    77722D London Road, R.R. #5
    Clinton, ON N0M 1L0
    519.482.8505 ext. 4255 or 1.888.371.5718

    Landlords & Property Owners

    Rent Supplement Program

    The Rent Supplement Program offers private landlords the opportunity to play a role in the provision of social housing. This program offers eligible rent-geared-to-income (RGI) applicants accommodation. The tenant pays the rent based on his or her income and the landlord receives a supplement for the balance of the market rent. The landlord enters into a Rent Supplement agreement specifying that Housing Services will:

    • Refer potential RGI tenants to the landlord
    • Calculate the rent to be paid by the tenant to the landlord
    • Pay the rent supplement to the landlord

    The landlord also completes the lease agreement with the tenant and the standard relationship between the landlord and tenant applies.

    Addressing Homelessness in Huron County

    How We're Addressing Homelessness

    Current Homelessness Prevention Programs

    The County of Huron manages and/or financially aids many homelessness prevention initiatives in Huron County. Some of these programs include:

    Addiction Supportive Housing (ASH):
    ASH is a transitional housing program for eight individuals working directly with Choices for Change (Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counseling Centre).

    Pathways to Self-Sufficiency:
    Pathways to Self-Sufficiency provides rental and utility arrears funding to low-income households experiencing potential eviction and/or utility disconnection.

    Safe Homes for Youth:
    Funding was provided to Safe Homes for Youth to assist in the supports and shelter for youth facing homelessness.

    Yes I Can:
    Yes I Can is a youth homelessness prevention program offering employment and education supports.

    Housing Allowances:
    This long-term support provides $250 each month directly to low-income households to help with rental and/or utility costs.

    Rent Supplement:
    A monthly fee paid directly to landlords who enter into a formal agreement with the County.

    Emergency Shelter


    With a lens of intersectionality, increased funding, and staff specially trained in trauma informed care, substance use, and mental health services, the new Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home program provides an emergency shelter that also offers wrap around supports.

    The emergency shelter opens November 16, 2020. COVID screening and restrictions in place, including mask wearing.

    Location: Lakeshore United Church; 56 North Street (front door entrance)
    Hours: Monday to Friday 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. (No admission after 10:00 p.m.)
    Phone Number: 519.525.5922

    Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home is run by the County of Huron in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Choices for Change, with support from several community agencies, not-for-profits and dedicated volunteers.

    Emergency Shelter FAQs

    How is Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home different than the previous Out of the Cold program?

    The previous Out of the Cold program had a mandate to provide emergency shelter for those individuals in need of cold weather supports. This mandate was effectively met during the shelter’s time in operation. Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home provides emergency shelter plus wrap around supports that are provided by trained professionals including trauma informed care, substance use, and mental health supports. The goal of Huron Heart to Home is to transition those accessing emergency shelter into permanent housing solutions.

    How many guests can Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home accommodate?

    The shelter can support a limited number of guests each evening due to congregate living restrictions. The shelter can accommodate up to 15 individuals per evening but anticipates accommodating more than 50 unique guests over the course of the season.

    Where is Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home located?

    Location: Lakeshore United Church, 56 North Street (front door entrance)
    Hours: Monday to Friday 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. (No admission after 10:00 p.m.)
    Phone Number: 519.525.5922

    COVID Screening and restrictions in place, including mask wearing

    Who can access Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home?

    The shelter is available to anyone in Huron County who is in need of emergency shelter. There is a vetting process in place to ensure the shelter serves the needs of the Huron County community.

    What services does Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home provide?

    Congregate living emergency shelter, a hot evening meal option and a light breakfast, shower facilities, transportation, on-site security, and professionally trained staff are all included.

    How and when can Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home be accessed?

    The program will be open to guests each day beginning at 7:00 p.m. each evening, and will remain open until noon the following day. During the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day, community support agencies and Social and Property Services staff will be able to connect with guests to work towards next steps and rapid rehousing solutions.

    Is transportation to the shelter available?

    Yes, transportation for guests from other areas in the County to the shelter will be available. Please call 519.525.5922  to access transportation services.

    When will Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home open and how long will it run for?

    The shelter will open in November 16, 2020 and will provide an emergency shelter option throughout the winter months. The ultimate goal is, with Provincial and Federal support, to transition away from having an emergency shelter at all, but rather use a housing first model.

    What is a housing first model?

    A Housing First approach puts a primary focus on helping people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to quickly access safe, affordable and stable housing, combining the immediate provision of permanent housing with wrap around support services.

    What is Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home NOT?

    Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home is NOT a long-term solution. It is NOT a permanent home. Guests are invited to the shelter as a short-term emergency response only. While at the shelter guests will receive wrap around supports that include seeking out more permanent housing opportunities.

    Communication Toolkit

    The Addressing Homelessness in Huron County: 2020 Communication Toolkit is designed to help inform Huron County municipal leaders, staff and residents about some of the complexities surrounding the topic of homelessness in Huron County.

    As an educational piece, this toolkit can be shared in its entirety or individual pages can be extracted and shared where needed. The Communication Toolkit’s simplified messages and graphic appearance aim to help make a complicated issue easier to digest and understand.

    Social Media Campaign

    There is a great deal of stigma and misinformation surrounding issues of homelessness. Informed messaging, including a social
    media campaign, can help present the facts and dispel myths.

    View the social media campaign, available for public use, here.

    Click the social media posts below to download:

      

    Documents & Reports

    Policies

    Annual Subsidy

    Title of Policy Policy No.
    Annual Subsidy Estimates Policy 2013-35 Download

    Limits of Local Standards

    Title of Policy Policy No.
    Conflict of Interest Policy 2013-27 Download
    Leases Policy 2013-31 Download
    Minimum Number Board Meetings Policy 2013-29 Download
    Multi-Year Financial Plans Policy 2013-32 Download
    Property Management Policy 2013-28 Download
    Remuneration of Directors Policy 2013-28 Download

    Occupancy Standards

    Title of Policy Policy No.
    Ceasing to Meet Occupancy Standards Policy 2013-07 Download
    Local Occupancy Standards Policy 2013-09 Download
    Maximum Absence from Unit Policy 2013-06 Download

    Rent Geared to Income

    Title of Policy Policy No.
    Change in Rent Upon New Information Policy 2013-37 Download
    Convictions Policy 2013-05 Download
    Deferral of Forgiveness of RGI Rent Policy 2013-34 Download
    Failure to Obtain Income Policy 2013-02 Download
    Failure to Provide Information Policy 2013-01 Download
    Maximum Household Assets Policy 2013-04 Download
    Maximum Household Incomes Policy 2013-03 Download
    Notice of Decision by Housing Providers Policy 2013-21 Download
    Reimbursement of RGI Overpayment Policy 2013-22 Download
    Review of Geared-to-Income Rent Policy 2013-38 Download
    Selection of Already Accommodated Households Policy 2013-16 Download
    Timing of Reviews Policy 2013-20 Download

    Review of Decisions

    Title of Policy Policy No.
    System of Review of Decisions Policy 2013-33 Download

    Special Needs

    Title of Policy Policy No.
    Refusal to Offer a Unit Policy 2013-25 Download
    Removal From Wait List Policy 2013-24 Download
    Review of Special Needs Eligibility Policy 2013-26 Download
    Selection System Policy 2013-23 Download
    Special Needs Households Policy 2013-19 Download
    System of Review of Decisions Policy 2013-36 Download

    Wait List

    Title of Policy Policy No.
    Alternative Housing Providers Policy 2013-17 Download
    Forms & Documentation Policy 2013-11 Download
    Refusal to Offers Policy 2013-08 Download
    Refusal of Unit Offer by Housing Provider Policy 2013-18 Download
    Removal from Wait List Policy 2013-12 Download
    Review of Rent-Geared-to-Income Eligibility Policy 2013-14 Download
    Selection of RGI Household for Vacant Units Policy 2013-15 Download
    System for Selecting Waiting Households Policy 2013-10 Download
    Temporary Removal from Wait List Policy 2013-13 Download

     

    Contact Information

    Should you have any questions or concerns relating to any aspect of Housing & Property Services within Huron County, please contact:

    Huron County Housing & Property Services
    77722D London Road, RR 5
    Clinton, Ontario N0M 1L0 (Get directions)

    Phone: 519.482.8505
    Toll Free: 1.888.371.5718
    Fax: 519.482.1632

    Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.