How Do I Apply?

Application

If you are interested in applying for Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) housing with Housing Access Peterborough, please download and complete in full the Housing Application Form.

You can also visit our office and complete the application form on computers provided in our lobby.

Read the instructions carefully and complete the application in full. Make sure that the Declaration, Release and Consent to Information section on the application has been signed by all members of your household who are 16 years or older.

Submit your application and all applicable supporting documents to Housing Access Peterborough. 

Documents that MUST BE submitted with the application form:

  • Completed application, with all required signatures
  • Verification of Citizenship for each person on the application
  • Verification of Custody for all children listed on the application
  • Verification of Pregnancy, if applicable
  • Copy of Arrears Agreement, if applicable

 

Housing Access Peterborough determines eligibility for Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) housing based on a complete application only. Your application will not be considered for eligibility if the application form is incomplete or if documents are missing.

Eligibility

To be eligible for subsidized housing, you must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Age - At least one applicant must be 16 years of age or older
  • Independence ­- Applicants must be able to live independently and/or make own arrangements for supportive services
  • Proof of Legal Resident Status - Each person on the application form must be either be a Canadian Citizen, have made application for status as a Landed Immigrant or Permanent Resident or claim for protection as a Refugee under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, with no deportation order, departure order or exclusion order
  • Amounts Owed - No person on the application form can owe money/arrears with      respect to a previous tenancy, to any housing provider under a transferred program in Ontario, unless there is a valid repayment schedule in place
  • Obtain Income – Each person on the application form must pursue and apply for all forms of eligible income
  • Residential Property Ownership - If you own a residential property that is suitable for year round occupancy, you must agree to sell within 6 months of being housed
  • Income Limits – the income of the household must not exceed the maximum income limits identified by the Service Manager
  • Certain Convictions – applicant must not have been convicted of knowingly obtaining or receiving rent-geared-to-income assistance for which they were not eligible under Housing Services Act 2011, or a crime under the Criminal Code relating to the receipt of rent-geared-to-income assistance
  • Each person on the application form must provide all required verification documents  

What happens after I submit my Application?

Once your application for Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) housing is received by Housing Access Peterborough, it is reviewed for completeness and eligibility within fourteen (14) days.  If your application is complete, you will receive a letter confirming your eligibilty within, or shortly after, the fourteen (14) days.  If your application was incomplete, or supporting documentation was missing, you will recieve a letter indicating your application was incomplete and specify what you need to submit to continue the process; you then have fourteen (14) working days to respond to us.  If we do not hear from you within the timeframe, your application will be cancelled.   

Updating Your Information & Annual Updates

You are responsible for keeping your file up-to-date. You must contact Housing Access Peterborough if:

  • Your address changes
  • Your phone number changes
  • The number of people on your application changes
  • The contact information on your application changes
  • You want to change building selections on your application

Every twelve (12) months you will be mailed an Annual Update for Housing Form to ensure that the information we have on file for you is accurate.  This form must be returned to the office within the time frame specified.  If the form is not returned, or we cannot contact you, your application may be cancelled and you will have to reapply.

Personal information under your application form is collected pursuant to the Housing Services Act, 2011, or the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, (R.S.O. 1990, cM.56) and will be used to determine RGI housing eligibility.

Special Priority Status

Special Priority Placement (SPP) status is reserved for applicants who have been abused by another individual residing in their household.   It is intended to help you separate permanently from the person abusing you, and is given to applicants whose personal safety is at risk. It does not apply to applicants who simply want to separate from a relationship that is not working. Your application may be given Special Priority Placement (SPP) status on the centralized waiting list if:

  • You are eligible for rent geared to income housing
  • You make the request in writing (as per the Request for Special Priority form)
  • You are 16 years of age or older, or provide an authorized signature
  • You or a member of the household has experienced abuse
  • The abusing individual is, or was, living with the applicant
  • The applicant intends to live permanently apart from the abuser

For the purpose of Special Priority, abuse means:

  • One or more incidents of physical or sexual violence, controlling behaviour, intentional destruction or intentional injury to property, words/actions/gestures that threaten an individual or lead an individual to fear for his or her safety

For the purpose of Special Priority, the abuser must be:

  • The abused person’s partner, spouse, parent, child or other relative
  • The abused person’s immigration sponsor
  • A person on whom the abused person is emotionally, physically or financially dependant 

How to apply for Special Priority Placement:

You first need to complete and submit your Application for Housing and be eligible for the centralized waiting list.  You will then need to demonstrate that you meet the criteria for Special Priority Placement by completing and submitting:

Supportive Housing

Housing Access Peterborough manages the centralized waiting list for applicants interested in Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) Supportive Housing, on behalf of Kawartha Participation Projects.  Supportive Housing provides personal support services and essential homemaking in permanent community residential settings when the client's service requirements justify the need for the availability of 24-hour, on-site/on-call assistance.

On the Housing Application Form, you would indicate that support services are required, and you would be asked to complete the Supportive Housing Medical Form and the Consent to Release Medical Information Form.  This information would then be used to determine if your needs could be met by the housing provider.  If approved, your application would be placed on the centralized waiting list for supportive housing, and processed in chronological order.