Housing Programs

Social Housing Programs

TBDSSAB is responsible for the funding and administration of aproximately 4,300 social housing units owned and managed by twenty-four (24) non-profit housing providers, or made available by private landlords as part of the Rent Supplement Program.  The housing projects are located throughout the District of Thunder Bay and vary in building type, amenities, unit size and rent type.  TBDSSAB maintains the waiting list for approximately 3,600 of the social housing units that are available for rent on a geared-to-income basis.  The balance is available for rent either at market value or on a geared-to-income basis through a separate application and waiting list process.

For a complete listing of the social housing units (including the units made available by private landlords), and how to apply for Rent-Geared-To-Income (RGI) Assistance, please refer to the Applying for Social Housing section.

Attention Private Landlords:

If you are interested in participating in the Rent Supplement Program, information and application forms are available by contacting TBDSSAB at (807) 766-2111 or toll free at 1-877-281-2958.

 Affordable Housing Programs

Since 2003 the provincial and federal governments have provided significant investment in new affordable housing programs. Through partnerships with TBDSSAB these programs provide a wide variety of choice:

 ¨      Forgivable loans to  homeowners to repair their homes and bring them up to health and safety standards and improve accessibility for persons with disabilities

¨      Down payment assistance to eligible homeowner families that would otherwise not be able to afford homeownership 

¨      Capital funding to develop rental at affordable rates

¨      Capital funding for essential repairs and renovations that improve the health and safety of residents living in social housing

¨      Rent supplements

¨      Grant to assist households who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with rent and utility arrears  

Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) for Ontario Program

TBDSSAB received $4,487,472 under the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) for Ontario Program for the creation and repair of affordable housing over four years beginning in 2011.  

Information about the IAH program and how the funds will be spent in the District of Thunder Bay are available below:

IAH Program Guidelines

DCM IAH Approved Take Up Plan

Affordable housing programs that are currently available include:

Ontario Renovates (previously referred to as Northern Home Repair)

Ontario Renovates is designed to assist low to moderate income homeowners to make urgently needed home repairs to address home health and safety problems or to make modifications to their home to accommodate members with disabilities.

Applications and information may be obtained by calling TBDSSAB at (807) 766-2111 extension 4070, toll-free at 1-877-281-2958 extension 4070, picked up at our office at 231 May Street South in Thunder Bay or are available below.

Help for Homeowners Information

Ontario Renovates Application


Rental Housing

TBDSSAB has allocated funds to a local proponent to develop twenty (20) rental units at affordable rents.  Rent supplement will also be available for some of the units.  Occupancy is tentatively scheduled for late 2013.  TBDSSAB is also working with another local proponent to develop ten (10) rental units at affordable rents located in Terrace Bay.  Ministry approval is still rquired before funds will be allocated and construction can commence. 

Other Housing and Homelessness Program

Housing Security Fund

The Housing Security Fund (HSF) is designed to keep people housed and to house people experiencing homelessness.  The HSF helps to establish a new home, prevent eviction, or disconnection or restore services for utilities and heating. 

Information and Applications for the Housing Security Fund are available below:

Application Guide & Program Information 
                for Non OW / ODSP Recipients Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 47 KB
Application for Non OW / ODSP Recipients Adobe PDF, 4 pages, 71 KB
Application for OW Recipients Adobe PDF, 4 pages, 108 KB
Application for ODSP Recipients Adobe PDF, 4 pages, 81 KB