Affordable housing is integral in reducing the risk of homelessness in Toronto. As City Councillor for Ward 13 Toronto Centre, a ward with one of the highest population densities and with over 70% of constituents renting (vs 47% avg in Toronto), I am committed to improving housing affordability. Here are resources to help address your affordable housing needs.

Issues around Housing and homelessness are shared across all three levels of government. The City of Toronto is tasked with administering legislation and responsibilities set by the Provincial and Federal governments. Without the active participation and commitment to sustainable funding from the other orders of government, Toronto is unable to meet the demand for affordable and supportive housing, an overdose epidemic, mental health and public safety issues.

Who's Responsible for What?

Applying for subsidized housing may be confusing as there are several different housing initiatives with different eligibility criteria. However, it’s important to note that most subsidized housing units in Toronto are managed through the Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) subsidy with applicants placed on one centralized waiting list coordinated by Access to Housing.

The City of Toronto’s Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) Subsidy is a program to help make rent affordable by adjusting rent to the household’s monthly Adjusted Family Net Income. Individuals who apply for the RGI subsidy are placed on a Centralized Waiting List and are served on a first-come first-served basis unless eligible for priority status. Priority status is given to survivors of domestic abuse or human trafficking, terminally ill applicants with less than two years to live, applicants experiencing homelessness, and youth aged 16-17 who are considered heads of households.

The City has implemented a choice-based housing offer process where applicants can choose units of interest in their RGI housing applications. While widening an applicant's units of interest may marginally decrease their wait times, it’s important to note that the RGI offer process follows the Single Offer Rule. The Single Offer Rule means that applicants will receive only one offer of suitable RGI housing and if refused would be removed from the Centralized Waiting List.

All applications for RGI are to be created through the MyAccesstoHousingTO portal. However, currently, the number of units available is less than the number of those in need of subsidized housing, as such there are significant wait times. We recommend that RGI housing applications are regarded as a long-term housing solution.

Learn more about RGI and how to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Supportive housing is a combination of deeply affordable housing and on-site supports that enable people to live as independently as possible. Supportive housing can help people stabilize their lives, help them stay housed and positively contribute to communities. Learn more about supportive housing.

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