Social housing is one part of the housing continuum. It includes not-for-profit housing that is owned and managed by municipal government or a District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB), or by community organizations. It provides affordable housing for people whose income, age, social needs or health needs may prevent them from finding adequate and appropriate housing in the private rental market.
In the District of Parry Sound, the Parry Sound District Housing Corporation is the Local Housing Corporation (LHC). The Parry Sound DSSAB is the sold shareholder of the corporation.
There are two other non-profits in the District. Parry Sound Non-Profit Housing Corporation offers both family units and units just for seniors. Golden Sunshine Municipal Non-Profit in Powassan houses just seniors. Both of these housing providers are run of a Board of Directors.
The downloading of social housing to municipalities in 2001 also included some federal projects. In the District of Parry Sound, there are two federal buildings. Fell Homes in Burk’s Falls is for seniors 65 and up. Georgian Bay Native Non-Profit Housing in Parry Sound was built under Urban Native/Aboriginal Housing and offers family units. Unlike the other non-profits, federal non-profits are not part of the Centralized Waitlist and are not covered by the Housing Services Act 2011. People who want to apply to either of these buildings should contact the housing provider directly for an application.
Please refer to details of housing units for further information about individual buildings.
Rent Supplement Programs
Rent supplements are a form of social housing whereby units owned by both private sector landlords and non-profit housing providers are subsidized for residents who cannot afford market rent. Tenants pay a rent-geared-to-income (RGI) portion directly to the landlord, and the rent supplement program bridges the gap between the actual market rent for the unit and the tenant’s RGI amount.
There are a limited number of rent supplements available in the District of Parry Sound, and none are currently available.
These housing providers are usually developed and managed by service clubs, ethnic organizations or faith communities. There are currently no private non-profits in the District of Parry Sound.
Co-operative (Co-op) Housing
People who live in Co-operative Housing form a Board of Directors and contribute their time to the management and day-to-day operation of the co-op. There are no co-operatives in the District of Parry Sound.