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Seniors' Care : Supportive Housing
Supportive Housing is designed for people who only need minimal to moderate care -- such as homemaking or personal care and support – to live independently. Accommodations usually consist of rental units within an apartment building. In a few cases, the accommodation is a small group residence.
Supportive housing buildings are owned and operated by municipal governments or non-profit groups including faith groups, seniors' organizations, service clubs, and cultural groups. Accommodations, on-site services, costs, and the availability of government subsidies vary with each building. The care arrangements between a tenant and a service provider are usually defined through a contract between the two parties.
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Singles or couples can live in fully equipped bachelor, or one or two bedroom apartments. In some buildings all of the residents are receiving care, whereas in others, only a small number of residents receive care.
Most supportive housing offers amenities such as meeting rooms, lounges and tuck shops. This housing is sometimes located on the grounds of a long-term care home, allowing tenants to take advantage of some of the programs offered by that home.
Services typically include on-site personal care and support such as routine hygiene, dressing and washing, daily visits or phone check-ins and can include services like shopping, meals, and transportation.
Residents can also apply for visiting health professional services through the Community Care Access Centre if required.
Accommodation costs are based on market rent for similar apartments. They can range from $600 to $1200 per month. If you are eligible, the government may subsidize your rent so that you only pay up to 30% of your household's monthly income. To be eligible for a rent subsidy, you must be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or refugee claimant. If you own your own home and apply for a rent subsidy, you are obliged to sell it within six months of moving into supportive housing. Local governments may set additional eligibility requirements for rent subsidies. There is usually a waiting list for subsidized units.
Personal care and support costs are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. You may have to pay an additional fee for optional services such as transportation, recreational outings or hairdressing.
Government Legislation and Monitoring
The housing portion of supportive housing is covered by the Tenant Protection Act, 1997. If you move into supportive housing, the provider becomes your landlord. In some cases, the service portion is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and is covered by the Long Term Care Act, 1994. In such cases, quality is monitored by the regional office of the MOHLTC.
How to apply
You can apply directly to the supportive housing provider (e.g. municipal housing authority or individual landlord) that you have chosen. Your local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) can get you started by providing you with a list of supportive housing providers in your area, information about the eligibility criteria and, if applicable, the waiting times. Please refer to the Finding a Provider section for tips on selecting a provider and the Links and Resources section for more information.
Related housing options
Call the ministry INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm
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