Social Housing

The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, as Service Manager assumed ownership of the public housing on January 1, 2001 when ownership was transferred under the Housing Services Act, 2011. Prior to transfer, social housing operated under the Ontario Housing Corporation through the Leeds/Brockville Housing Authority and the Prescott/Grenville Housing Authority. The merger of these two separate groups in August 2000 created the Leeds and Grenville Housing Corporation with the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville as the sole shareholder Service Manager.

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville owns 667 rent-geared-to-income social housing units in 194 buildings consisting of 179 single-family units and 488 units in 15 multi-residential buildings located throughout the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

The Human Services Division is responsible for the following:

  • Service Manager Administration of all Social Housing and
  • Property Management of the Leeds Grenville social housing portfolio.
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 Contact Us (for general inquiries)
  • For information on applying for Rent-Geared-To-Income housing or the Affordable Housing Program, please visit the Social Housing Registry page.
  • For information regarding the Homeownership Program please visit the Homeownership page.
  • For information regarding the Ontario Renovates Program please visit the Ontario Renovates page.

 

 

 





Ontario's Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy

Housing Services Act (HSA), 2011

Background:

The Housing Services Act, 2011 requires multi-year plans to address homelessness.  The plans must include strategies that:

  • treat housing as a whole system;
  • address housing issues across the whole housing continuum from homelessness shelters to market housing;
  • are relevant and appropriate for the local community and
  • link to other municipal planning activities.

The Act contains seven policy directions:

  • Accountability and outcomes
  • Goal of ending homelessness
  • Non-Profit Housing Corporations and Co-operative Housing Corporations
  • The private market
  • Coordination with other Community Services
  • A broad range of community needs
  • Environmental sustainability and energy conservation

Leeds Grenville, as the service manager, will be coordinating the development of a 10 year housing and homelessness plan.

Vision:

To improve Ontarian's access to adequate, suitable and affordable housing, and provide a solid foundation on which to secure employment, raise families and build strong communities.

Principles:

  • People-centred
  • Partnership-based
  • Locally Driven
  • Supportive
  • Inclusive
  • Fiscally responsible

To assist with the development of the plan, we are asking residents who are tenants in social housing and/or receiving Ontario Works assistance, to complete a survey. A separate version of the survey is also available for our community partners.

Links to the surveys are as follows:

10 Year Homelessness Plan Survey - for Social Housing tenants and/or Ontario Works recipients

10 Year Homelessness Plan Survey - for Community Partners

 

Smoke Free Policy for UCLG Owned Social Housing

On Thursday May 24th, 2012 United Counties Council passed a resolution that all new UCLG Social Housing leases signed after September 1, 2012 will include a smoke-free clause. The Smoke Free Policy will only apply to new tenants moving into Social Housing, and to current tenants who transfer to another unit on or after September 1, 2012. The United Counties has already had a smoke-free Social Housing policy in place since October 2011 that applies to four newly constructed units in Prescott.

Tenants that have signed a Smoke-Free lease must ensure that all members of their household and their guests smoke outside of the complex at the designated distance, which also includes not smoking on unit balconies or patios. Current tenants and their guests will be "grandfathered" and may continue to smoke in their unit if they choose to, or they may voluntarily sign a new lease with a smoke-free clause if they wish.

In November 2011 all tenants that were residing in UCLG Social Housing units were surveyed for information on second hand smoke exposure, smoking habits, and interest in a smoke-free housing policy. A total of 318 tenants or 47% of all tenants responded to the survey. 

A smoke-free policy reinforces the message already understood by 73.7% of the current tenants, that exposure to second-hand smoke is harmful to a person's health. A smoke-free policy supports the majority of tenants, as 59.7% of residents do not smoke, and 55.1% of resident do not smoke or let family and guests smoke in their unit.