Housing Stability For All - Urgent Housing Initiatives

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London is in a homelessness and housing crisis and this impacts all Londoners.

The City's Homeless Prevention and Housing team, along with many community partners are working hard each and every day to help provide Londoners with safe, appropriate, housing with affordability and supports. Housing stability is the foundation for a city where people and communities can thrive and the City of London is moving forward on it's plan to increase the supply of affordable housing across our City.


On September 21, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that they would be delivering $1 billion to help address urgent housing needs of people and populations who were vulnerable in need of permanent affordable housing through a Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI).

As part of the second funding stream, London has been identified for immediate funding of $10,794,247 to create new permanent housing with affordability for Londoners. The funding, delivered through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the RHI project will cover the construction of modular housing, as well as the acquisition of land and the conversion of existing buildings to affordable housing.

Thanks to this infusion of funding, London's Homeless Prevention and Housing team, along with many community partners, will be able to help create new affordable housing opportunities across London. Read the full Letter of Notice.

Funding Announcement: July 27, 2021

Canada announces support for rapid housing in London




The City, along with partner Housing Development Corporation, London (HDC) are moving forward with its plans to provide vulnerable and priority populations in London access to permanent, safe and affordable housing opportunities. Learn more below.

Check out the latest VLOG from Scott Vording and his crew at 122 Base Line Rd. West.




Community Information Meeting - 345 Sylvan Street

The City of London’s Homeless Prevention and Housing Team hosted a virtual Community Information Meeting on February 17, 2021 to talk about the urgent housing needs in our city, the proposed development concept for 345 Sylvan Street, the planning process, along with timing and progress of the project. Thank you to everyone who participated and all the great questions that were asked. If you didn't have a chance to attend, you can view the meeting here. Question and Answer Document.


Learn more about the plan for 18 Elm Street by reading the Question and Answer Document.


Learn more about the plan for 403 Thompson Road by reading the Questions and Answers Document.




In an effort to fulfil the requirements of the Rapid Housing Initiative, the City will be using a form of construction called Modular construction.

What is Modular Construction? Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities – but in about half the time. Buildings are produced in “modules” that when put together on site, reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated site-built facility – without compromise.

Modular buildings are built with the same materials and to the same building codes and architectural specifications as traditional construction. Once assembled, these buildings are virtually indistinguishable from their site-built counterparts. Another advantage, since 60-90% of the construction is completed inside, the risk of weather delays is mitigated which means buildings are occupied sooner.

In modular buildings, each module is engineered to independently withstand the rigors of transportation and craning onto foundations. Once together and sealed, the modules become one integrated wall, floor and roof assembly.

Modular housing is an innovative and cost-effective way to build small-scale housing while providing a rapid, dignified response to connect people experiencing homelessness with homes and appropriate supports to help them achieve housing stability.

London is in a homelessness and housing crisis and this impacts all Londoners.

The City's Homeless Prevention and Housing team, along with many community partners are working hard each and every day to help provide Londoners with safe, appropriate, housing with affordability and supports. Housing stability is the foundation for a city where people and communities can thrive and the City of London is moving forward on it's plan to increase the supply of affordable housing across our City.


On September 21, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that they would be delivering $1 billion to help address urgent housing needs of people and populations who were vulnerable in need of permanent affordable housing through a Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI).

As part of the second funding stream, London has been identified for immediate funding of $10,794,247 to create new permanent housing with affordability for Londoners. The funding, delivered through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the RHI project will cover the construction of modular housing, as well as the acquisition of land and the conversion of existing buildings to affordable housing.

Thanks to this infusion of funding, London's Homeless Prevention and Housing team, along with many community partners, will be able to help create new affordable housing opportunities across London. Read the full Letter of Notice.

Funding Announcement: July 27, 2021

Canada announces support for rapid housing in London




The City, along with partner Housing Development Corporation, London (HDC) are moving forward with its plans to provide vulnerable and priority populations in London access to permanent, safe and affordable housing opportunities. Learn more below.

Check out the latest VLOG from Scott Vording and his crew at 122 Base Line Rd. West.




Community Information Meeting - 345 Sylvan Street

The City of London’s Homeless Prevention and Housing Team hosted a virtual Community Information Meeting on February 17, 2021 to talk about the urgent housing needs in our city, the proposed development concept for 345 Sylvan Street, the planning process, along with timing and progress of the project. Thank you to everyone who participated and all the great questions that were asked. If you didn't have a chance to attend, you can view the meeting here. Question and Answer Document.


Learn more about the plan for 18 Elm Street by reading the Question and Answer Document.


Learn more about the plan for 403 Thompson Road by reading the Questions and Answers Document.




In an effort to fulfil the requirements of the Rapid Housing Initiative, the City will be using a form of construction called Modular construction.

What is Modular Construction? Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities – but in about half the time. Buildings are produced in “modules” that when put together on site, reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated site-built facility – without compromise.

Modular buildings are built with the same materials and to the same building codes and architectural specifications as traditional construction. Once assembled, these buildings are virtually indistinguishable from their site-built counterparts. Another advantage, since 60-90% of the construction is completed inside, the risk of weather delays is mitigated which means buildings are occupied sooner.

In modular buildings, each module is engineered to independently withstand the rigors of transportation and craning onto foundations. Once together and sealed, the modules become one integrated wall, floor and roof assembly.

Modular housing is an innovative and cost-effective way to build small-scale housing while providing a rapid, dignified response to connect people experiencing homelessness with homes and appropriate supports to help them achieve housing stability.

Questions and Comments

As the City continues to move forward with the plan to provide Londoners with permanent, safe and affordable housing opportunities, we are sure you have questions about the plan, the locations and the process. Please submit your questions and comments below.

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    How do I apply to live in the Sylvan or Baseline location?

    Brenda Lang asked about 2 months ago

    The building at 122 Baseline will provide housing for Londoners who are in need of an affordable home, including families, individuals. At this time, there is no direct application process for 122 Baseline. Tenants will be matched to units and supports from London’s Housing and Homeless Prevention lists.

    If you are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness please contact the City’s Coordinated Access at 519-661-4663.

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    How does someone get into these units? What is the process?

    Tammy asked 5 months ago

    The building at 122 Baseline will provide housing for Londoners who are in need of an affordable home, including families, individuals. At this time, there is no direct application process for 122 Baseline. Tenants will be matched to units and supports from London’s Housing and Homeless Prevention lists.

    If you are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness please contact the City’s Coordinated Access at 519-661-4663.

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    Who is going to own and operate this building? I take it that as it is being built with public funds, it will remain publicly owned and operated by LMCH? Will all these u nits be rent geared to income?

    Mike. asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question and for reaching out.

    The building located at 122 Baseline Road West is owned by the City of London. This development will not be operated by LMCH and is not rent geared to income. Rents are set to be below average market rent in London, otherwise known as affordable housing or housing that is affordable. Eligible tenants will be matched through the City of London’s Housing Stability Coordinated Access list. More information on this development will be provided once available on this website: https://getinvolved.london.ca/housingstability

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    I would love to apply to live in this new building. Would you send ne information on how to apply. Thank you. A. Roy w26-927-3048

    Anneta asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for reaching out.

    The building at 122 Baseline will provide housing for Londoners who are in need of an affordable home, including families, individuals. At this time, there is no direct application process for 122 Baseline. Tenants will be matched to units and supports from London’s Housing and Homeless Prevention lists.   

    If you are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness please contact the City’s Coordinated Access at 519-661-2489 x4663. 

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    I live close to 345 Sylvan. In the fall of 2020 I discovered a homeless person living in my garage. They had accessed it and my yard several times prior to that, without my knowledge, and caused some minor damage. When they showed up late one night as I was letting my dog out, I finally saw them enter my garage and they barricaded themselves inside. LPS was contacted 3x but did not arrive until the next morning. It took a long conversation with the intruder to get them to depart that night. They then showed up again the next morning. I accessed all the homeless resources I knew of in the city in order to try to find a place for this person but they were resistant to going to a shelter (for reasons of safety etc). My point is that I would like to know what housing insecure demographic the Sylvan residence will consider. Are those who decline shelters on the eligibility list? Do renters have to have a source of income, even if Ontario Works or ODSP? My concern is that a street person like my garage dweller may have no source of income, even via government assistance, and therefore would not be eligible for Sylvan. I would like to see opportunities for people like this because I think that given safe shelter, this person would become a healthier member of our community. This person was not chemically dependent by the way (as far as I could tell) but clearly had not lived indoors for a considerable period of time and were deeply suffering the ill effects of that deprivation. If Sylvan does not provide for folks such as these, what portion of the housing insecure population is eligible? I know there are probably 1000's of people who cannot afford rent in this city so how do you decide who is eligible for Sylvan? Merci.

    kelly smith asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The City of London has developed a Coordinated Access approach for individuals and families experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The Coordinated Access team is able to help individuals and families get connected to required services, including outreach teams, emergency shelters and housing support programs, depending on the individuals circumstances and need. You can reach our Coordinated Access team by phone at 519-661-4663, via email or in person at 355 Wellington Street, Suite 248.

    At this time, the City is looking to fill these units with individuals who are in need of housing that is affordable. The city relies on our coordinated access system as well as the social housing waitlist to determine this need. Individuals will most likely be matched from these lists. A source of income would be required to rent a unit.

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    In regards to aligning with the City's climate targets, will these modular units be as sustainable as possible? And have you calculated the embodied carbon cost of these units to ensure you are selecting materials for these new developments that minimize the embodied carbon usage. There is existing research done by the Endeavour Centre and Recover projects that could ensure these units are affordable and net-zero ready. http://endeavourcentre.org/ // https://www.recoverinitiative.ca/our-story

    Sfranke asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for reaching out. 

     All of the prospective developments must meet or exceed increased ratings for energy-efficiency, accessibility and reduced greenhouse gas emissions as a requirement of funding. The development plans for both 122 Baseline and 345 Sylvan provide for a prefabricated panelized modular approach that is viable, sustainable and in alignment with these environmental benefits. 

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