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Housing and Homelessness

Information for Developers

The need for more affordable housing in Durham Region is evidenced by:

  • Vacancy rates in Durham are very low and have decreased from 3.8 per cent in 2008 to 1.7 per cent in 2014.
  • The average market rent in Durham increased by 11% between 2008 and 2014.
  • About 45 per cent of tenants in Durham pay more than 30 per cent of their income on rent.
  • More than 5,400 households are on the Durham Access to Social Housing waiting list for affordable rental housing.
  • More than 1,400 households used emergency shelters in 2014.

Funding has been provided for the development of 366 units of new rental housing in Durham Region through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program and the Investments in Affordable Housing for Ontario Program.

The Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario (2014 Extension) Program makes federal-provincial funding available as a forgivable capital loan to help stimulate the development of new rental units, including units for seniors and people with disabilities. Approved projects must provide average rents at or below 80 per cent of CMHC average market rents and must start construction within 120 days of signing a Contribution Agreement with Region of Durham. View program information on the on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website.

For further details about the program, please contact John Connolly, Director of Housing Services at 905-666-6222 ext. 2500.