There were 4,000 applicants on the waiting list for subsidized housing in Niagara, June of 2004. The available number of subsided rental housing units has not kept pace with the needs in the area.
By 2007, Niagara reported having 4,743applicants on the waiting list for subsidized housing (ONPHA Report). This figure was higher than what was reported in larger communities such as Hamilton (3,817) and London (3,440). In Niagara, 2,636 subsidized units are owned by Niagara Regional Housing (504 townhouses, 350 single and semi-detached houses, 9 high rises and 25 low rises) across 11 municipalities. Source: http://www.onpha.on.ca/municipalities_housing/waiting_list/
According to Niagara Regional Housing (2006), the average wait time for affordable housing will take 7.75 years in Welland, 6.25 years in St. Catharines and 6.5 years in Niagara Falls for a 1 bedroom unit. To obtain a 2 bedroom unit, it will take 2.25 years in Welland, 3 years in St. Catharines and 1.5 years in Niagara Falls. To find a 3 bedroom unit, it is estimated that it will take 1.75 years in Welland, 3 years in St. Catharines and 2.5 years in Niagara Falls.