More 500 Families On The Waiting List For Social Housing

Posted: 2019-08-26 09:47:24 By: hbr

The demand for social housing in Muskoka continues to grow. 

District staff gave councillors a thorough breakdown of the current situation during their latest council meeting.

Applications for subsidized housing have been up steadily over the past three years, with a total of 227 applications submitted in 2018. There are more than 500 households currently on a waitlist in Muskoka. The average wait time ranges from nearly five years for a one bed unit to just over two years for a four bed unit.

Generally known as social housing, under the District’s system tenants’ rent is typically geared to income. Generally, rent is calculated based on 30 percent of gross household income.

Staff told council that the District is currently the largest landlord in Muskoka, owning and managing 222 Rent Geared to Income units.

The District is also the manager and funder of Muskoka Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation, which has 250 mixed-use units.

There are currently 54 tenants over the age of 65, and 96 under the age of 16. The longest tenancy is currently at 36 years and the oldest tenant is 93 years old.