Help Find and Keep a Home

The County of Wellington offers support to individuals and families who need help finding and keeping a home


Housing Help Centre Services

The Housing Help Centre can help renter households with the following: Assistance with private market rental listings; Access to government and legal housing publications; Referrals and listings of public; Non-profit and co-operative housing; Access to emergency funding to prevent eviction; Information about government and community services; Telephone, computer internet, photocopier and fax services


Book an Appointment

Contact the Housing Help Centre to book an individual appointment. Please contact us:

T 519.824.7822 x 4130  |  F 519.837.6349  |  Email Us


If you are in crisis and need emergency shelter, please contact a local emergency shelter directly.

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Preparing for your Rental Housing Search

Successfully finding a new rental is not always as easy as finding a listing and contacting a landlord.  There is a lot of competition for rentals in our community, so being prepared ahead of time can raise your chances of finding your new home.

Documents that you may need
Having your documents in order will not only speed up the process, but will also show the landlord that you are organized and will not have difficulty meeting obligations.  Following are some of the documents you may be asked for: 
  • Identification – If you do not have valid I.D., there is an I.D. clinic located at the Guelph Community Health Centre at 176 Wyndham St. N.
  • Proof of your Income – If you are employed, bring a recent paystub to a viewing with you in case proof is requested.  If you are on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Programme bring a recent statement with you and let the landlord know that pay directs can be set up to guarantee payments.
  • Credit Check – If you have good credit, print out a free report from a website such as Credit Karma. 
  • References – If you have had positive rentals in the past ask those landlords to write a brief letter stating when you rented from them, how long you were a tenant there and information such as good rent paying habits and that you were a good fit in their building. 

TIP: A good practice would be to put together a folder or envelope that you take with you to viewings so you’re able to provide any information needed.

What a landlord can and can't ask you
When looking for a rental home, you usually need to give some information to the landlord to help them decide whether or not to rent to you. Learn more about what a landlord can, and can't ask you.
First and Last Month's Rent

Most landlords are going to request a First and Last month's rent payment and you will need to be prepared to make this payment as soon as your application is approved.

If you are a client of Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), you may be able to receive assistance with this payment through the Housing Stability Programme.

Find Affordable Market Rentals in Guelph-Wellington

Housing Help Centre maintains a housing registry to assist individuals in securing affordable housing that exists in the private rental market. The Centre is operated and funded by the County of Wellington.

The Housing Help Centre has created a local portal to search for private market affordable rentals

Where are local rentals listed?

Online Resources

Newspaper Classifieds

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