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One Stop Shop - for Housing Applications

Housing Access Peterborough manages the centralized waiting list for subsidized housing in the City and County of Peterborough. Subsidized housing, or Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) rental units, are funded by government programs and allow eligible tenants to pay reduced rental rates based on their household’s annual income.

We do this by maintaining the waiting list of people interested in Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) housing, and providing housing opportunities to people when they reach the top of that list. The waiting list is processed in chronological order, and calls are made to applicants as vacancies arise.

Housing Access Peterborough manages the application process for Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) assistance for the (15) housing providers participating in the centralized waiting list.  (See our Housing Providers page for more information.)

The “one stop shopping” allows applicants to apply to more than one housing provider by completing only one application form for Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) assistance.   The staff of Housing Access Peterborough is pleased to assist applicants in making selections for “area of preference” and will review housing mandates and eligibility criteria with applicants upon request.

All applications for Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) assistance are processed through the Centralized Wait List once Housing Access Peterborough determines applicant eligibility.  Each month Housing Access Peterborough provides the participating housing providers a waiting list, which includes the names of all applicants who are eligible and/or have indicated a preference in their particular housing development.  When a vacancy occurs, offers of accommodation are made to eligible applicants by individual housing providers – not by Housing Access Peterborough.

The Centralized Wait List was initially established on October 1, 2002, to meet one of the requirements of the Service Manager (The City of Peterborough) under the Social Housing Reform Act, 2000, and its' corresponding regulations.

Effective January 1, 2012, the Social Housing Reform Act, 2000 that previously governed housing throughout the Province of Ontario was replaced by the Housing Services Act, 2011.  As subsequent updates occur, changes are implemented.