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Eviction Prevention Programs

For assistance with maintaining current housing:

Homelessness Prevention

There are programs that can assist you to maintain your housing and prevent homelessness.

VHA Home HealthCare can assist tenants who face eviction due to extremely unsanitary and unsafe conditions in their homes, by providing an intensive cleaning service and follow-up care to prevent future housekeeping issues that may affect their tenancies. For more information, please contact 1-888-314-6622 ext. 4192.

The Housing Stability Program (HSP) is available to assist households who are at risk of homelessness with eviction prevention; and homeless households with obtaining rental accommodations.

For qualified low-income households, benefits could include:

  • Rent, heat or utility arrears to a maximum of two months. Benefits can also include connection fees and security deposits.
  • Last month’s rent deposit.
  • Moving costs to a maximum of $200.
  • Assistance may be issued a maximum of once in a 24-month period.
  • Other benefits may also be available.

Please note: households requesting assistance with arrears need to be able to normally afford their accommodation costs, but, as a result of unexpected financial pressures or cost increases, are unable to pay their rent, heat or utility bills. Households seeking help to move must have a valid reason for doing so, and the new accommodations must be affordable.

As per the Residential Tenancies Act, households who have already secured housing either through moving into a unit or being provided with the keys to a unit are not required to pay last month's rent deposit to their landlord. HSP will not be considered in these cases. As well, if an applicant has used their own resources to pay the last month's rent deposit, HSP will not reimburse either the applicant or the person providing the deposit.

Low income households, including those receiving Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits can apply to Community Development Council Durham (CDCD) at 905-686-2661 or toll free at 1-866-746-3696.

If you have applied for HSP and have been denied assistance, you may appeal the decision to Housing Services. Housing Services staff will review your request and determine eligibility.

Eviction prevention workers

There are eviction prevention workers serving every municipality that can assist a client in preventing an eviction by, mediating with a landlord or accompanying the person to a Landlord and Tenant Board hearing. They can also assist people with completing applications for the above program, as well as applying for rent-geared-to-income housing.

Ajax-Pickering

Community Development Council Durham
Phone: 905-686-2661
(or toll-free at 1-866-746-3696)

Clarington

John Howard Society
Phone: 905-623-6814

Oshawa-Whitby

John Howard Society
Phone: 905-579-8482

Scugog-Brock-Uxbridge

North House
Phone: 705-432-8654 or 1-877-406-8723