Landlord Partnership Program

November 15, 2021  –  March 31, 2022

#TheJourneyHome is a campaign to increase housing stock to recover from the Motel Shelter Model so people don’t return to the streets.

It is an effort to recover from the impact of the pandemic and the ongoing housing crisis on our community. It is a push to educate and raise awareness in our community about the effects of homelessness and is a call to all private market landlords, property managers and those who operate in the housing market to help our most vulnerable and most at risk take #TheJourneyHome. Because the person across the counter from you could be struggling or at risk of homelessness

The New Landlord Partnership Program!

Incentives may include:

3 Month’s Rent Paid up Front

Paid Insurance Deductibles

RentSmart Certifications

Access to Limited Damage Fund

Unit Procurement Fund

Vacancy Loss Mitigation

Housing Hold Fund

Support from Access Workers

*Scroll down for more information on each of the incentives listed

If you would like to take advantage of the Landlord Partnership Program or you would like to commit a rental unit and learn more about the incentive packages, please fill out the form below.

Together we can help those less fortunate take #TheJourneyHome.

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Incentive Information

3 Month Rent Incentive

Empower Simcoe will administer the equivalent of three months rent to a landlord entering into a standardized lease with a shelter user transitioning out of the motel shelter system prior to March 31, 2022

Damage Fund

Empower Simcoe will administer a reimbursement for eligible damages/incidentals to landlords where a shelter user has transitioned out of the motel shelter system and into the inspected rental unit for the purpose of preventing eviction.

Insurance Deductible

Empower Simcoe will administer a reimbursement to a landlord who has entered a standardised lease with a shelter user who has transitioned from the motel shelter system and where the landlord has incurred the cost of an insurance claim due to damages caused by the shelter user.

Housing Hold Fund

Empower Simcoe will administer the equivalent of one month’s rent to any landlord who commits to holding a vacant unit for the purpose of renting to a shelter user(s) accessing the motel shelter system. The Housing Hold Fund is intended to provide opportunity to confirm the tenant(s) and details of occupancy.

Unit Procurement Fund

Empower Simcoe will administer $300 per unit to a landlord committing multiple private market rental units for the purpose of renting to a shelter user(s) accessing the motel shelter system.

RentSmart Certification Program

Empower Simcoe will deliver the RentSmart Certification Program to those in the current Motel Shelter Model and provide them with a certification of completion that will act as a reference for landlords joining the program. The participation in this certification program is voluntary.

Support from Housing Access Workers

Promotion of Housing Access Workers providing supports to ensure smooth transition from the motel shelter model to permanent housing for a term no longer than 6 months

Vacancy Loss Mitigation

The benefit of having your unit filled without it sitting for any length of time

Frequently Asked Questions

Community Resources

Are there any workshops or information sessions to teach me how to be successful with my housing search?

How do I apply for a rental subsidy/supplement through the County of Simcoe?

Set up appointment with one of our Access Workers [link to Donna phone number]

How do I apply for Affordable Housing with the County of Simcoe?

How do I find listings for places in my community?

What other Shelter or Housing Supports are available in Simcoe County?

[link to community partners info]

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