Rent Support Programmes

Rent Supplement Programme

This programme allows individuals and families to receive a geared-to-income rent supplement for a unit in the private market. 

Rent supplement units are filled by applicants on our Centralized Waiting List. The household pays their rent-geared-to- income rent amount directly to the landlord and the County pays the rest of the rent to the landlord.


Housing Allowance Programme (HAP)

Housing Allowance Programme is designed to help address rental affordability for households across the service area of Wellington and Guelph. The CMSM will determine housing allowance amounts to be paid to landlords on behalf of each household in accordance with OREG 367/11 S. 4.2 of the Housing Services Act (HSA).

If financial assistance is accepted by the client, the client will have the option to be removed or remain on the Centralized Waiting List with a revised date, based on the date assistance is received.


Community Agency Delivery Programme (CAD)

This programme is aimed at developing a housing first rent support programme which addresses chronic and episodic homelessness in our community, by integrating wrap around client supportive services through partnerships with community agencies. 

CAD uses the expertise of local community organizations to identify clients in need of safe and stable affordable housing.  These community agencies are given the ability to select individuals, conduct client intake, provide unit search assistance, assist with client paperwork and take a lead role in tenant/landlord relations support for a specific number of rent support units as identified by the County. 

Funding through the CAD programme is only available to cover partial rent costs and will only be provided as long as the tenant is receiving support from the community agency. Under the CAD programme, the minimum level of support is three (3) hours per week per individual or family.


Community Agency Supported Unit Programme (CASU)

This programme is aimed at developing a supported rent support programme which attempts to address the lack of supportive/supported housing in our community, by integrating wrap around client supportive services through partnerships with community agencies. 

CASU uses the expertise of local community organizations to identify clients in need of safe and stable affordable housing.  These community agencies are given the ability to select individuals, conduct client intake, provide unit search assistance, assist with client paperwork and take a lead role in tenant/landlord relations support for a specific number of rent support units as identified by the County. The community agencies are required to maintain ongoing support for these clients within the scope of their support service structure. 

Funding through the CASU programme is only available to cover partial rent costs and will only be provided as long as the tenant is receiving support from the community agency. Under the CASU programme, the minimum level of support is three (3) hours per week per individual or family.


Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB)

This programme is a monthly subsidy provided to low-income households to assist with housing costs. This is tied to the household and can be used to help pay rent anywhere in Ontario. The COHB pays the difference between 30 per cent of the household’s income and the average market rent in the area. For recipients of social assistance, the COHB will pay the difference between the shelter allowance and the household’s rent and utilities costs. The programme is administered by the Province of Ontario and the benefit amount will be reviewed every year.


Supportive Addiction and Mental Health Housing Programme (SAMH)

This programme is funded by the Ministry of Health and is designed to provide support for people with complex addiction and concurrent mental health needs who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or who are considered inadequately housed. Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, in partnership with The Canadian Mental Health Association – Waterloo Wellington, provides the support services and housing units in the Guelph-Wellington region.