Rent, Housing Essentials and Utility Related Assistance
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Rent, Housing Essentials and Utility Related Assistance

The City of Windsor has developed the Housing Stability Plan (HSP) to help prevent homelessness. HSP offers assistance for the payment of rent, essential housing items and utilities for qualified residents in Windsor and Essex County. HSP is funded through the province’s Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), which has two key program outcomes:

  1. People experiencing homelessness obtain and retain housing; and
  2. People at risk of becoming homeless to remain housed.

Rental Assistance

The City of Windsor is committed to preventing homelessness and, in response to these changes, has developed the Housing Stability Plan (HSP).  

Assistance may be provided to qualified applicants to pay rental arrears in order to avoid eviction or to pay for first or last month’s rent in order to secure affordable housing.  

​Eligibility Criteria

  • Resident of Windsor/Essex County;
  • In receipt of Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), or meet low income criteria set by the Ministry;
  • Have not received HSP assistance in the past 2 years;
  • Have housing costs that are affordable and sustainable;
  • Are in rental arrears which do not exceed two (2) months;
  • Are in immediate danger of losing their home due to unpaid rent (eviction);
  • Have resided at the address for a minimum of one (1) year; and
  • Have a documented need to relocate (e.g. victim of violence, uninhabitable premises, recently discharged from an institution).

Housing Essentials Fund

Assistance may be provided to qualified residents to help pay for essential housing items including beds, refrigerators or stoves, and in some cases to help with moving costs.

​Eligibility Criteria​​

  • ​Resident of Windsor/Essex County
  • In receipt of Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), or meet low income criteria set by the Ministry;
  • Have not received HSP assistance in the past 2 years; and
  • Experiencing homelessness and require assistance​ under this program in order to establish a new place of residence.

How to Apply for Rental Assistance & Housing Essentials Fund:

  • If in receipt of Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), contact your caseworker.
  • If you do not receive OW or ODSP, call the HSP Referral Line at 5196-255-5200 ext. 5294.

Keep the Heat:

Keep the Heat is an emergency assistance program that provides funding for heat and energy for those who are experiencing financial difficulties and are in receipt of a notice of termination of heating utilities. In addition, this program offers workshops to educate consumers on how to conserve and better use energy within their household.​

​How to Apply for Keep the Heat:

Windsor Application Sites:

  • Can-Am Urban Native Homes Windsor Inc.
    180 Tecumseh Road East
    519-977-7782
  • Housing Information Services
    3450 Ypres Avenue, Suite 200
    519-254-4824
  • Unemployed Help Centre
    6955 Cantelon Drive
    519-944-4900

County Application Sites:

  • Amherstburg Community Services
    179 Victoria St South, Amherstburg, 519-736-5471​ 
  • Community Support Centre of Essex County (servicing Lakeshore, Essex, Tecumseh)
    499 Notre Dame St., Belle River, 519-728-1435
  • South Essex Community Council
    215 Talbot St. E, Leamington or
  • ​313 Main St. Unit 21, Kingsville, 519-326-8629

Phone:  For general information call 311.  For detailed inquiries call 519 255-5200 ext. 5294.
Fax:  519 256-7107
Email:  sshousing@citywindsor.ca

 

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