Affordable Housing waiting list will be provided through Housing Access Peterborough

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Peterborough, ON – The waiting list for affordable housing units operated by Peterborough Housing Corporation will be provided through Housing Access Peterborough, a City of Peterborough Social Services program, starting May 15, 2024.

Previously, Peterborough Housing Corporation (PHC), the City’s affordable housing agency, operated the waiting list for Affordable Housing and the City’s Social Services Division, through its Housing Access Peterborough (HAP) program, operated the waiting list for Rent-Geared to-Income (RGI) housing.

Affordable Housing units feature rents established between 80% and 100% of Average Market Rents. Rent-Geared-Income housing refers to a housing program regulated by provincial legislation where rent is capped at 30% of a tenant’s income.

Peterborough Housing Corporation and 14 non-profit housing providers together operate about 2,000 affordable housing units, including about 1,500 that are rent-geared-to-income units. There are currently more than 2,000 applicants on the waitlist for RGI housing.

“Bringing together the affordable housing and RGI waitlists, through Housing Access Peterborough, will make it easier for people to apply for housing services through the Housing Access Peterborough website, find information or seek assistance at a single location,” said Councillor Keith Riel, who serves as the Peterborough Housing Corporation Chair.

Prospective applicants for affordable housing can submit their application online through the HAP website (peterborough.ca/hap) or pick up paper application forms at the Housing Access Peterborough office at 178 Charlotte St. in Peterborough.

As the Service Manager for the City and County, the City of Peterborough administers the Centralized Housing Waitlist for Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) housing. Accessing the PHC affordable housing units was previously managed by PHC through a separate application process. Applicants who were on the affordable housing waitlist with PHC prior to May 15, 2024, and those on the RGI centralized waitlist have been given the opportunity for priority placement on this new waitlist.

The units provide safe, decent, and reasonably priced housing options for individuals and families with low to moderate incomes. Additionally, they are designed to ensure that people from a wide range of economic backgrounds can access housing without experiencing financial hardship or housing instability.

For inquiries or to apply for an affordable housing unit, please contact HAP at 705-748-8830.

About Housing Access Peterborough

Housing Access Peterborough is a City of Peterborough Social Services program, dedicated to facilitating access to affordable housing opportunities in the City and County of Peterborough. Operating in collaboration with Peterborough Housing Corporation and other key stakeholders, HAP strives to promote equitable housing access for all individuals.