Ontario Renovates 2020 is Now Closed
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Social Housing is a division of the Social and Housing Services Department which delivers programs and services to residents of both the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of SDG. Social Housing helps people who are in need. 

Further information can also be located through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

The Social Housing Division administers or oversees the following services:

 Social Housing (RGI) Program

Social Housing refers to rental housing developed with the assistance of government and subsidized by government for people with low to moderate incomes, seniors, or people with special needs who can live, with supports, in the community.

Subsidies are based on the tenants' ability to pay, with rents calculated at approximately 30% of gross monthly household income up to market rent.  This is known as Rent Geared To Income.

The Division also administers Social Housing Centralized Waitlist.  If you are eligible, you will be placed on the waitlist.  Most people need to find their own rental housing in the private market while they are on the wait list as it can be a long wait.

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 Rent Supplement Program

A Rent Supplement is a nominal subsidy paid to the landlord on behalf of a household in need of rental assistance.

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 Ontario Renovates Program

Ontario Renovates 2020 is Now Closed

Please check back late Spring 2021

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What is Ontario Renovates?

Ontario Renovates is a forgivable loan / grant program for low-to-moderate income homeowners in Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. This program is being delivered with funding from the federal and provincial governments.

This program provides financial assistance in the form of a 10 year forgivable loan to make essential home repairs, and/or a grant to increase a homeowner's accessibility, up to a maximum of $10,000 (including $5,000.00 for accessibility and approved administrative costs).

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 Domiciliary Program

The Housing Access Centre works closely with a number of privately operated, permanent residences for people who require assistance with their activities of daily living.

Financial assistance may be available for eligible individuals who have a need for Domiciliary Care but are not able to cover the costs.  It is intended to ‘top-up’ the income of residents.

There are 3 primary factors in determining and approving eligibility for subsidy for placement in a Domiciliary Hostel:

  • Medical Need
  • Financial Need
  • Appropriateness of placement

There are established agreements with numerous domiciliary hostels within the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of S.D.&G.

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 Homelessness Prevention (CHPI) Program

Through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, financial assistance may be available to eligible individuals, to assist with the cost of expenses to help maintain a permanent residence, rather than face eviction and homelessness.

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 Ten Year Housing Plan 

The City of Cornwall’s Social Housing Division has developed a Ten Year Housing Plan for the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.  This local Plan is a high level strategic plan focused on the whole spectrum of housing in our service area that responds to local circumstance and to those specific needs with innovative community-based solutions.

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Homeless enumeration is a count of the minimum number of people who are experiencing homelessness in a community over a specific period of time. Enumeration involves gathering information about the demographic characteristics, circumstances, and needs of those experiencing homelessness in our communities.

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Housing Access Centre
340 Pitt Street - 3rd Floor
Cornwall, Ontario
K6J 3P9
Phone: 613-937-7512 x0
Fax: 613-938-9734
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