The Housing Retention Fund is available to assist residents who are in arrears of rent or mortgage payments, utility arrears, those who require last month’s rent, or require assistance with moving expenses or set up benefits. Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP) recipients can apply to the Housing Retention Fund through the local Ontario Works office. Residents who are not in receipt of Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support are asked to contact their local Housing Resource Centre at 705-739-0485 to book an appointment
Recipients of Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Employment Insurance (EI), Workplace Safety and Insurance Benefits (WSIB), Ontario Works (OW), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), and working individuals.
Assistance is provided to anyone who is determined to be eligible once every 2 years (24 months) for a maximum of up to $2200 total.
Note: For utility assistance you must have a disconnect notice and for Rental arrears you must have notice of eviction. For mortgage, you must have letter stating the bank will not defer payment.
OW and ODSP recipients are required to complete a 1-page application form which can be obtained from their case worker at the OW office or the local Housing Resource Centre.
Applicants must contact their worker to advise of application.
NOTICE: Effective April 1 2021, all applications for Housing Retention will need to be made directly to the County of Simcoe, please call 705-722-3132 Ext. 1833