Did you know?
  • Community housing provides individuals and families with permanent and long-term housing stability.
  • The City of London is required by provincial legislation to maintain a waitlist for individuals and families who are seeking access to community housing.
  • The City of London has a Council-endorsed local priority housing system that includes local status for individuals identified as urgent homeless, urgent social, and urgent medical.
  • For more information regarding urgent status definitions, please visit the, Applying for Social Housing, page within the City of London’s webpage.
  • The London Rent-Geared-To-Income housing waitlist has grown over the last two years primarily due to multiple economic and social factors, resulting in an increased demand on social housing. These factors are made worse by the lack of growth within the community housing stock and low vacancies within community housing buildings.
  • The term “social housing” has been changed to “community housing”.
  • The City of London assesses each individual on the community housing waitlist annually to revisit housing needs.
In London…
  • 4,780 individuals are currently on the waitlist for community housing as of 2018.
  • 18% of individuals on the waitlist for community housing in 2018 were housed.
  • The average wait time for individuals and families to be housed after they become eligible for community housing was:
    • 6 months: Special Priority Program as identified by the Province of Ontario
    • 1 – 2 years: Local Urgent Status as defined by City Council (homelessness, social, medical)
    • 2 – 5 years: High Need (based on legislatively defined low income thresholds)
    • 4 – 8 years: Chronological based on date of application
    • Note: These wait times are continuing to increase to due limited available housing stock.
Definitions
  • Community (Social) Housing: Community housing is rent-geared-to-income housing where the rent is based directly on the tenant’s income.
  • Local Priority Housing System: A process in which individuals who urgently require community housing are prioritized.

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