Haliburton Community Housing Corporation offers two different rent options, Rent Geared to Income (RGI) and Market Value Rent.
Rent Geared to Income
Rent-geared-to-income (RGI) is financial assistance provided to eligible households under provincially-legislated eligibility requirements that reduce the amount the household must otherwise pay to occupy a unit in a housing project. Approximately 70% of our apartments are rented to those receiving RGI financial assistance.
RGI rent is based on 30% of a household’s gross monthly income, or if the household is receiving assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, a social assistance rent scale is applied. Additional charges also apply including amounts for electricity, cable television, parking and air conditioner. There are also fees for using the buildings’ laundry equipment. Tenants who pay RGI must disclose and provide proof of all of their income and assets.
An application for Rent-geared-to-income is available by clicking on the link below. You can also find more information about who is eligible for RGI assistance, how to be considered for special priority status, how to make contact with agencies providing emergency housing, and other housing opportunities in Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes by clicking here.
Market Value Rent does not include any financial assistance. Tenants who pay market rent are usually ineligible for RGI because their monthly income is higher than a specified amount set by the City of Kawartha Lakes, Service Manager.
Sometimes tenants prefer to pay market rent because they choose not to disclose their income. In our two buildings approximately 30% of tenants pay market rent.
An application for market value rent may be obtained by clicking on this link:
When completed the application needs to be mailed to our offices in Haliburton. You can find the mailing address at the bottom of the Contact Us page.
The waiting period for an apartment-offer in our projects varies considerably, from 3 to 5 years for RGI to up to 10 years for market value applicants. There are several reasons for this including the number of units which have been set aside for each category and a limited number of other rental opportunities in the community. Applicants, especially for market value rent, are encouraged to consider their current living situation and how long they feel they will be able to remain in their home independently when making a decision about when to apply.