Subsidized Housing in Niagara: Niagara Regional Housing (NRH) owns 2,636 affordable housing units (504 townhouses, 350 single and semi-detached houses, 9 high rises and 26 low rises) across 11 of 12 municipalities in Niagara. NRH also provides support and legislative direction to 67 non-profit and co-operative housing providers in Niagara and administers the Rent Supplement and Housing Allowance programs, which partner with more than 126 landlords to provide affordable housing in private rental properties. As a result of this mix of programs, tenants have a wider variety of homes and places to live in Niagara.
Wait lists and times in Niagara: According to the NRH Wait List in January 2011, there were 5,578 households on the waiting list for affordable housing in Niagara. This figure represents an increase of 20.3% over the January 2010 number of 4,611 (compared to 7.4% provincially). From January of 2009 to 2011, there has been an increase of 1,296 households or a 30.6% increase (compared to 17.7% provincially).
Source: NRH Report -Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s (ONPHA) Waiting List Survey 2011 – Fearnside (review) and Beckwith (recommendations). The 5,578 households on a waiting list in Niagara was higher than larger communities such as Hamilton (5,364) and London (4,037). Source: Waiting Lists Map 2011 (ONPHA) and Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
Estimated wait times to find affordable housing for specific housing in 2010:
1 bedroom – 8.75 years in Welland, 8 years in St. Catharines, and 8 years in Niagara Falls
2 bedrooms – 2.5 years in Welland, 2.5 years in St. Catharines, and 2.5 years in Niagara Falls.
3 bedrooms – 2.5 years in Welland, 2.5 years in St. Catharines, and 2.25 years in Niagara Falls.
Wait times in Niagara have increased over 2009, especially in the 1-bedroom category, and this was attributed in part to the economic downturn at that time.
In Niagara, approximately 20% of those on the waiting list for social housing are placed annually. This table indicates a breakdown of some of the specific target groups and reasons for priority need as of January, 2011.
|TOTAL WAITING LIST||Jan. 2011|
|No dependents (single, non senior)||1735|
|With dependents (families)||1852|
|Total number of households||5578|
|The 5578 figure includes:|
|Health & safety priority||93|
Source: NRH Housing Access Supervisor