HOUSING & SHELTER
Below are the following links:
Affordable Housing Resources/Support
- London and Middlesex Housing Corporation (LMHC)
- Habitat For Humanity
- Housing Stability Support Bank
- St.Vincent de Paul
- London Abused Women's Centre
- St.Pauls Cathedral- Social Services
Psychiatric Supportive Housing
- Women’s Community House
- Rotholme Women's & Family Shelter
- Zhaawanong Shelter
- Joseph's House: Cross Cultural Learners Centre
- Men's Mission and Rehabilitation Centre
- Unity Project
- Strathroy - WRRC
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…” Article 25, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948,Canada).
In October 1995, the Ontario Government headed up by Premier Mike Harris’ Conservative Party, cut shelter allowances to people on social assistance by 21.6%. Since then, the number of people in London spending more than 50% of their monthly income on shelter has risen dramatically, as have the numbers of people facing homelessness due to lack of affordable housing. One in seven households is unable to afford shelter that meets adequacy, suitability, and affordability norms. “Affordable housing” is shelter which costs a person 30% or less of their monthly income. It does not take into account housing which is safe & secure, healthy, and free of extra costs, like heat, water and hydro. The number of people spending over 50% of income on keeping shelter often face choosing between paying for food, or paying for rent. The largest group of Londoners paying 50% or more for shelter is made up of single people and single parent families. After the cuts in 1995, there were almost 15,000 people in London paying more than 50% of income or rent – and 75% of those people were either sole-parents or single persons. In 2000, the vacancy rate in London dropped to 3% - the percentage of affordable rental units from those available being a small fraction of that 3%. People living on fixed incomes in this city often live in conditions that are dangerous and unattended to by landlords, just to keep a roof over their heads. Emergency shelter use in London has risen over 20% in the last five years, and in March 2000 these were 3225 people on the waiting list for social housing in this city. The Ontario government is in the process of selling off provincially owned social housing projects, and seizing the homes owned by persons receiving assistance. It seems our “right” to an “adequate standard of living” that provides for the necessities in life, including housing, has been overturned. We are in a housing crisis.
This chapter on housing includes resources that might be helpful to you in securing safe, affordable housing.
Often the best bet to finding affordable, well-maintained housing is through word of mouth. If you are looking, your network of friends, family and neighbours can help spread the word to find you a suitable home. Often good-deal apartments never make it to the newspaper because they get passed from one friend to the next. Newspapers, available for free to read at your local library, have daily listings. If you have internet access, check out the listings at http://london.kijiji.ca/f-real-estate-apartments-condos-W0QQAdTypeZ2QQCatIdZ37.
- A non-profit corporation which provides subsidized housing for the city of London and the county of Middlesex. The largest provider of rent-geared-to-income housing in the London-Middlesex area. They have apartments in London, Strathroy, Dorchester, Newbury, Parkhill, and Glencoe. They also offer townhouses for families in London, Strathroy, and Newbury.
- Application forms
- Applications to London rent-geared-to income housing co-op units are processed through the The Housing Access Centre (HAC) office. Acceptance to housing is based on need. Units are available for families, seniors, physically and developmentally challenged, low-income earners, sole-support parents, and individuals discharged from psychiatric care. Waiting lists are long.
1299 Oxford St E Unit 5c5,
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- A non-profit organization that sells new and used building and renovating materials and supplies between 50-80% below regular cost. They helps to provide home ownership to low-income people through low-cost home construction. A family or individuals applying for home ownership through this organization must meet certain criteria, including at least one individual in the household being fully employed. Applicants, who would not normally qualify for bank mortgages due to low incomes, are expected to carry the mortgage of the land, while materials to build the house are donated. You can start the application process at Habitat Home application form
2-40 Pacific Court
- The Bank may provide an interest-free loan or grant to assist tenants to maintain safe and affordable housing while avoiding eviction. This can be for rent or utilities arrears, or they may provide a loan for last month's rent. Applicants must meet income criteria and have paid back any previous loans. You will be required to set up direct payments for a minimum of 1-year. Occasionally, they have short-term grant money to use, instead of loans, however they are depleted very quickly. Applications are by appointment only and are offered at nine locations throughout London. Apply at the Centre of Hope
Tel:(519)964-3663 ext 300
*ALL UNITS ARE CURRENTLY TAKEN*
Comprised of five commercial units, five one-bedroom units, two bachelor apartments and three two-bedroom units. This sustainable housing initiative has become an epicentre of community and neighbourhood development that benefits the whole area.
~ waiting list application available Monday- Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Applications can be done in person at our location.
LIFE*SPIN Large Item Donor Registry
If you have large items, furniture or appliances, to donate..call LIFE*SPIN and get the contact info for a family that needs the item(s) you are offering and who can make arrangements to pick them up. If you need large items, call LIFE*SPIN to register your needs - you must be able to make arrangements to pick up the items. All items must go directly from donor to recipient.
866-A Dundas St.
(15 Churches with varied assistance)
Contact the secretary of any Catholic Church to arrange a home visit from a volunteer to discuss needs * furniture voucher may be issued.
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
797 York Street - Unit 5
Fax: (519) 679-3918
- St. Paul's Social Services is a registered charity that provides food and other supports to about 2,000 people each month. The people who come to the food bank or lunch program live with desperately low or no incomes.
- St. Paul's Social Services has over 100 regular volunteers who come to work each week in the Food Bank and the Fellowship Centre.
- The Food Bank, open 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, provides an emergency
3 dayfood supply to about 1,300 individuals and families each month, 40% of whom are children.
- Our Fellowship Centre lunch program is open for drop-in lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, and Wednesday.
- Let's Talk, open 5 p.m.- 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday nights at the fellowship Centre at St. Paul's
472 Richmond St. (behind St.Paul's)
- March of Dimes Canada's Home & Vehicle Modification Program provides funding for basic home and/or vehicle modifications. The program is intended to assist permanent Ontario residents with a substantial impairment expected to last one year or more, with their disability management.
- Open Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
920 Commissioners Road East
Home and Vehicle Modification Program (HVMP)
291 King Street, 3rd Floor
London, ON N6B 1R8
Assistive Devices Program
291 King Street, 3rd Floor
London, ON N6B 1R8
- Provides housing and attendant services for adults with significant physical disabilities and frail seniors in various locations throughout the city. Rent is geared to income. 24-hour attendant services available. Wheelchair accessibility. Self-referrals accepted.
2-1111 Elias St.
Tel: (519)-439-4246 Ext. 231
General Inquiries: Cheshire House : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Participation House supports individuals with developmental disabilities and/or complex physical needs to live in their own homes, participate in community and enjoy life with family and friends. 24-hour support services.
620 Colborne Street Suite 101
- End-of-life care is provided by a dedicated and compassionate team of registered nurses, registered practical nurses, personal support workers, spiritual care providers, physicians and volunteers. There is no cost to the individual and/or family to stay in the residence or to access any of the supportive services
485 Windermere Road
P.O. Box 487
PSYCHIATRIC SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
- A number of different agencies in London provide support to people with a mental illness. Supports may include: one-to one assistance, brief connections, community support, housing assistance, counseling, peer support, employment or education upgrading, recreational and leisure activities.
- Eating Disorders Residence
- Nicole's Place
- Transitional Shared Living Youth Home
- Crises Stabilization Space
Housing Advocate: 648 Huron St.
- The Cornerstone in London provides 30 affordable apartments with on-siteprograms and employment for at-risk youth aged 16 to 25.
Youth Opportunities Unlimited141 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G3,
Housing Application -
- They offer many services men, women and youth who are absolutely homeless to the families we serve in our community who are at risk of homelessness.
- Co-ed short-term stay facility for youth ages 16-21 (14 & 15 year olds may be able to stay but contacts to parents or C.A.S will be made). Identification is required, but assistance will be given to youth who don't have I.D. to enable them to get some.
281 Wellington Street
- Streetscape offers a coffee house & access to crash beds for people who are homeless and those with psychiatric support needs who are homeless or in unsafe housing.
WOMEN & FAMILIES
- There are a total of 67 beds available at two shelter locations and there is no charge for your stay. While in the shelter, women can receive counselling and are offered programs such as personal safety planning and moving toward a life free of violence. Specialized programs for children who have witnessed violence are also available.
- Emergency housing, second stage housing and transitional support for abused women and their children. They offer accommodation, counselling, and a 24-hour helpline.
101 Wellington Rd. South
- A 41-bed facility that primarily accommodates families (two parent and single parent families, both male and female led). Single women who have no other shelter options may also reside at Rotholme Women's & Family Shelter. The length of stay varies from one day to several weeks. 24-hour emergency admission is provided for families and single women age 16 and over, who are homeless and in need of temporary emergency accommodation, and are in crisis and require emergency shelter and care.
- Offers transitional housing for abused First Nations women, and their children under eighteen.
- Joseph's House provides temporary accommodation, support, information and orientation programs to newly arrived government assisted refugees in a friendly, supportive, and multi-cultural atmosphere. Assistance in accessing permanent housing in the community, and settlement resources.
505 Dundas St.
Tel: (519) -858-4266
- The Men's Mission and Rehabilitation Centre is a 146-bed facility serving men in the community. It functions as an emergency hostel for homeless men age 16 and over, and as a residence for men who require longer term care and support. In addition to providing the traditional accommodation and meals, Men’s Mission also offers as part of its program:
- Rehabilitation Counselling
- Men's clothing room
- Chapel services
459 York St.
- The Unity Project provides emergency shelter and transitional housing accommodations to men and women age 18 and over, in a safe, secular, and home-like setting. The shelter is open and staffed 24 hours every day. We offer comfortable dorms for men, women and couples, and we provide a community of support where residents take responsibility for themselves, for each other, and for the functioning of the shelter. Front-line Support Staff support each resident's unique needs and personal growth with one-to-one counselling to establish, monitor and advance a personal action plan, and they facilitate processes of peer support and empowerment.
717 Dundas St.
- If you are a woman 16 years of age or older, with or without children, seeking refuge from an abusive relationship, you may be able to stay in our emergency shelter for up to six weeks. In this psychologically and physically safe place, you can get information and sort out your next steps.
145 Beech Street
24 Hour Crises: 1-800-265-5390