The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) offers housing programs and services to residents in our service area. Whether you are a single person, large family, senior or a person with a disability, our focus is to provide quality housing choices that are affordable for everyone.

Our Housing programs and services include:

  • Social Housing Programs
  • Affordable Housing Programs
  • Homelessness Prevention Programs in partnership with local and District partners
  • Application processing and wait list management for Rent Geared to Income (RGI) and Special Needs Housing.

For the tenant handbook and other resources, please visit the Useful Resources page.                                                                                                                                                              

Under One Roof: A Housing and Homelessness Plan

About the Plan:

The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board approved Under One Roof: A Housing and Homelessness Plan (pdf) in July, 2014.

Under One Roof is a 10-year strategy that outlines the priorities for the DSSAB to ensure the best possible services are provided while meeting the program responsibilities identified in the Housing Services Act.

Under One Roof: A Housing and Homelessness Plan will be reviewed every two years and updated as the needs of the community change over the next decade.

Housing and Homelessness Plan 5 Year Update (pdf)

2020 Annual Update:

TBDSSAB has created an Annual Progress Report (pdf)  to show the progress made toward the completion of the recommendations contained within the 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Strategy. The update shows the strong success that the TBDSSAB has had in working with individuals and families in securing affordable housing, and broadening our reach with landlords offering rent supplement units.

TBDSSAB has also been successful in engaging community partners in providing support services and assistance to our tenants, including the location of services offered by Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) within our housing properties.

TBDSSAB continues to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of our current programs, and have built-in evaluation components into new initiatives, both internally and with our funded Service Providers.

Read the report that was presented in March 2016: Homelessness Presentation (pdf)

2018 District of Thunder Bay Point-In-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness

With the help of the Province of Ontario’s Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), the Government of Canada’s Homeless Partnering Strategy (HPS), and 20,000 Homes Campaign, the partnership has undertaken a Point in Time (PiT) Count and Registry Week for 2018 in the District of Thunder Bay.  These campaigns use surveys as tools to estimate the number of people experiencing homelessness in a community at a specific point in time.  A point in time count gathers information about people experiencing homelessness, while Registry Week is a week-long event to identify people experiencing homelessness and develop a plan to house them.  This initiative began on April 21, 2018.

The results of the surveys and recommendations to address homelessness in the District of Thunder Bay can be found in this report: 2018 District of Thunder Bay Point In Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness (pdf)

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