Subsidized housing (also called social housing and public housing) is available to individuals and families who can't afford to pay a lot of rent. Subsidized housing is sometimes referred to as rent-geared-to-income housing because the amount of rent charged per unit is based on a percentage of an individual's monthly earnings.
In Kingston, the city maintains the Kingston Housing Registry, a waiting list of individuals who are eligible for subsidized housing. This information is forwarded every month to the housing providers that participate in the waiting list program.
The Kingston Housing Help Centre at Home Base Non-Profit housing Inc. maintains a complete list of affordable private and non-profit homes and apartments in the Kingston area. The centre provides a referral service to eligible individuals and will forward their application to the Kingston Housing Registry at no cost.
For More Information
Information from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) about the types of subsidized housing in Canada, including public housing, non-profit housing, co-operative housing and rent supplement units.
An overview of rent-geared-to-income housing, subsidies, types of subsidized housing in Ontario and how to determine eligibility. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.
Information on social and public housing programs in Kingston.