Housing and Homelessness

Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) Assistance

What is rent-geared-to-income (RGI) assistance?

Rent-geared-to-income (RGI) assistance is commonly called subsidized housing. People who are eligible for RGI assistance pay reduced rent that is roughly equal to 30 per cent of their total gross household income.

Applying for RGI assistance

To apply for RGI assistance, you must complete an application form (PDF) and return it to the Durham Access to Social Housing.

If you are eligible for RGI assistance, your name will be placed on the waiting list for subsidized housing. While you are on the waiting list, you may log in to view and express interest in RGI vacancies(PDF).If your name is higher on the waiting list than the other people who expressed interest in the same vacancy, you will be offered the unit.

Eligibility for RGI assistance

You may be eligible for RGI assistance if you are able to live independently with or without support services, and:

Asset limits

Your total household assets cannot be more than $50,000 for single people and $75,000 for families.

Some assets are not considered. These include personal items, such as clothing and furniture, vehicles, RRSPs, Retirement Income Funds, Life Income Funds, life annuities, and assets as a result of pain and suffering awards.

Income Limits

Your total gross household income cannot be more than:

(Note: Bedroom sizes refer to the largest unit for which your household is eligible to receive RGI assistance.)

Occupancy standards

There are rules about the size of unit (number of bedrooms) that you can live in if you are eligible for RGI assistance. The largest unit is not normally more than one bedroom per person; spouses and same-sex partners are expected to share. The smallest unit is one bedroom for every two people.

An additional bedroom may be approved if spouses are unable to share a room, as a result of a disability or medical condition; if it is required to accommodate extensive medical or disability related equipment; or if a disabled person is actively looking for a roommate to share accommodation and to provide support.