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People on low incomes may be eligible for a discount on monthly bus passes through the Municipal Fee Assistance Program.

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Subsidized Housing

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

CMHC: Government Assisted Housing
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.

What is subsidized housing?
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.

Social Housing
Information on social and public housing programs in Kingston.

Social Housing Registry Program
How to apply for social or subsidized housing in Kingston. An explanation of the Social Housing Registry, a list of providers, waiting lists, and eligibility criteria.

Home Base Housing
A non-profit organization that provides a range of supportive housing programs to assist people to live independently in Kingston. Programs include: Housing Help Centre, which provides information and assistance for housing searches including a list of available housing to individuals who are homeless or require affordable housing; Supportive Housing, which provides furnished, rent-geared-to-income housing for single adults, 16 years of age or older, who are in need of a home; In From the Cold, an emergency shelter open only from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.; and Lily’s Place, which is dedicated to assisting single women and families as they transition from homelessness to a home of their own. Also available on Facebook.

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