There is not enough affordable housing in Toronto. As a result, waitlists for affordable housing are very long. For information on subsidized rent (rent-geared-to-income), market rent and affordable rent, please click here.
No Councillor has the ability or authority to expedite the waiting period for housing or transfers or move someone to the top of the list. However there are steps you can take to increase the likelihood of a spot opening up sooner such as:
- Do not limit your choices to 1 bedroom, bachelor apartments often are available much sooner than one bedroom.
- Widen your selection of buildings – finding RGI or affordable housing in the core of the city is often a longer process than finding housing on the outskirts of the city.
- Visit this link to see if you qualify for special priority statuses
- If you are 59 years of age or older, do not forget to add seniors' buildings to your housing choices.
For information on how to apply for a transfer, please click here.
There are multiple housing help agencies that are dedicated to helping individuals find and keep affordable housing and avoid eviction. For a list please click here.
For more information on services available please call 311 for City services or 211 for community-based services.
Individuals that are on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program and have emergency housing needs, ay be eligible for the Housing Stabilization Fund.
Individuals who are in arrears, facing an eviction or in need of first and last months' rent may be eligible for a loan from the Toronto Rent Bank which provides a loan of up to two months' rent.
If you require a referral to a food bank near you, call the Daily Bread at 416-203-0050. You can also click here for a link to several food banks. The Red Cross offers delivery services if you are unable to access a food bank due to a temporary or permanent disability.
Calling 211 will connect you with staff that can provide a more extensive list of services.
The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) is an active coalition of over 50 drop-in centres throughout the City of Toronto that works with people who are homeless, marginally housed or socially isolated, to provide social services and supports.
Please click here for a list of organizations in different parts of the city that offer various services including: job help, housing support, and crisis support.