Emergency Housing and Energy Supports

Housing Stability Programme

The HSP is a discretionary benefit to assist Social Assistance recipients (Ontario Works and/or ODSP) in stabilizing their housing situation.

The amount of HSP payable is subject to the following maximums: $800 for a single person or a couple without dependants, and $1500 for a family with children or for a sole support parent over a 24 month period.

HSP can assist with the following expenses:

  • Housing related deposits such as last month's rent and required utility deposits
  • Housing, fuel and hydro arrears
  • Moving costs

Emergency Energy Programme

Emergency Energy Assistance funds are available to support residents of the County of Wellington and the City of Guelph with costs related to heat and hydro utilities. The purpose of these funds is to prevent disconnection of your energy source (heat, hydro, oil) by assisting with the payment of an outstanding balance owed.

To qualify for this fund, your household must either be in receipt of Social Assistance or fall under established low-income  thresholds. Please contact our office for more detailed information concerning programme eligibility.

To apply, please contact the Emergency Energy Programme at 519.837.2670 x 3712.

Emergency Shelters

The County of Wellington provides emergency shelter accommodation and services to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness on a temporary basis. For more information, please see the Emergency Shelters page.



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