Housing Stability For All - Rapid Housing Initiative

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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).

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.

This initiative will be delivered through two finding streams:

  1. Major Cities Stream - which will flow directly to municipalities to ensure funds are directed to areas where chronic homelessness is most prevalent and;
  2. Projects Stream - which will prioritize applications received from Provinces, Territories, municipalities, Indigenous governing bodies and organizations and non-profits based on the overall strength of the application.

As part of the first funding stream, London has been identified for immediate funding of $7,546,767 to create new permanent housing with affordability for Londoners.

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.

Learn more about Rapid Housing Initiative below, including selected sites for these new buildings.

Funding Announcement

On December 16, 2020, London Mayor Ed Holder, along with MP Kate Young, MP Peter Fragiskatos and Councillor Steven Turner announced the details of the Government of Canada's funding of $7.5 million to support the Rapid Housing Initiative in London. This is exciting news for our community! Read the full news release here.



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).

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.

This initiative will be delivered through two finding streams:

  1. Major Cities Stream - which will flow directly to municipalities to ensure funds are directed to areas where chronic homelessness is most prevalent and;
  2. Projects Stream - which will prioritize applications received from Provinces, Territories, municipalities, Indigenous governing bodies and organizations and non-profits based on the overall strength of the application.

As part of the first funding stream, London has been identified for immediate funding of $7,546,767 to create new permanent housing with affordability for Londoners.

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.

Learn more about Rapid Housing Initiative below, including selected sites for these new buildings.

Funding Announcement

On December 16, 2020, London Mayor Ed Holder, along with MP Kate Young, MP Peter Fragiskatos and Councillor Steven Turner announced the details of the Government of Canada's funding of $7.5 million to support the Rapid Housing Initiative in London. This is exciting news for our community! Read the full news release here.



Modular Housing

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. 

Examples from other Provinces and Municipalities

The City of Vancouver has implemented several modular builds to help support their city's most vulnerable peoples. Take a look below:

Naomi Place (Vancouver)


A one three-storey building containing 58 studio homes, primarily for single adults. All units are self-contained dwellings with a private bathroom and kitchen. Six units are wheelchair accessible. 

220 Terminal Avenue (Vanvouver)


Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing project providing 40 social housing units to lower-income residents, including units designed to accommodate persons with accessibility requirements.

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