Housing Connections Workshop. Content. 1) What do we do? 2) Applying for Housing 3) How to Keep Application Alive 4) Making Housing Choices 5) Special Priorities 6) Adverse Decisions 7) How to Use Online Services 8) Housing Programs 9) Community Partners.
Housing Connections Workshop
1) What do we do?
2) Applying for Housing
3) How to Keep Application Alive
4) Making Housing Choices
5) Special Priorities
6) Adverse Decisions
7) How to Use Online Services
8) Housing Programs
9) Community Partners
We apply SHRA rules to:
As of December 31, 2010:
Total number of people on the central
waiting list: 142,555
Total Household Applications:
Special Priority 12-18 months
Bachelor 1-5 years
One-bedroom 7-10 years
Two-bedroom 5-10 years
Three-to-four-bedroom 10-12 years
Five-bedroom 4-6 years
How to fill out an application
*Must be signed by applicant, and all household members 16 years of
age or older
Everyone must have status in Canada – proof of Canadian status for all household members
If you owe arrears, provide a copy of arrears repayment
agreement signed by housing provider
If any of your children are in the custody of the
Children’s Aid Society, provide a letter from the CAS
If you requested an additional bedroom because of a legal custody
agreement or visiting rights, provide a copy of the agreement
If you requested an additional bedroom for disability,
provide proof of disability
Inform Housing Connections whenever
there is a change in:
To select or update housing choices,
applicants with a P.I.N. can:
New! Search by zone, unit size, building type, etc.
The date you add a housing choice to your
application is the housing choice date for
Toronto Community Housing has many locations. It
uses the first date you added one of their buildings
to your application for any buildings added later.
You will get a new Housing Choice Date for each housing choice you add to your list.
1) Victims of domestic abuse
2) Terminally Ill
3) Over housed
In addition to these priorities, housing providers
must offer one-of-every-seven vacancies to the
If the unit a tenant occupies is larger than what
they are eligible for, they are considered ‘over
housed’. A tenant who is over housed must move
to a smaller unit.
(Those who are considered over housed are
required to list at least five housing choices)
With an application number and personal
identification number (P.I.N.) applicants can make a
Log on to www.housingconnections.ca and select
Application Update from left menu or Applicants tab
You will need to set your browser to allow pop-ups from www.housingconnections.ca, since many sections in My Application use pop-ups.
To adjust these settings go to your internet browser under Tools and then Pop-up Blocker.
Click on New users, orange button if it is your first time using Application Update.
Click on the Registered Users, green button if you already have an application number and password.
Make sure you click on Register and the Register for Web Access
box will display.
Enter application and P.I.N. numbers and then click Verify.
Applicants should keep this info private, and store for future reference.
If an applicant doesn’t know their number, they may request their application number by clicking click here.
Screen options are displayed in left menu, click on desired
Screen shows a listing of the applicant’s housing choices. Housing
Choices can be added or deleted individually or by zone.
This is a scrollable screen. Drag the scroll bar up or down to view
choices not shown in the screen view.
New! Use Google Translator on most pages of our website to translate web info in just seconds
Being on the waiting list for subsidized housing means you may be eligible for other housing options. Some recent programs were designed to help applicants on the waiting list afford their rent while they wait:
At Home/Chez Soi Research Project
Community agencies provide services in
a variety of languages and help applicants with their housing search and application process.
Agincourt Community Services Association Seaton House
Albion Neighbourhood Services – North Streets to Homes
AWIC Community and Social Services St. Stephen’s Community House
Birkdale Residence Toronto Christian Resource Centre
Bloor Info and Life Skills Centre West Hill Community Services
B’Nai Brith Canada Woodgreen Community Centre
Community Action Resource Centre York Housing Help Centre
Community Centre 55 West Toronto Housing Help Service
COSTI Women’s Residence
East York Housing Help Fred Victor Centre
Etobicoke Housing Help Centre South Catholic Crosscultural Services
Family Residence Shelter Midaynta Community Services
Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services Mid-Toronto Community Services
Native Men’s Residence The Redwood
Neighbourhood Link/Senior Link The Assessment and Referral Centre
Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services South Asian Women’s Centre
Robertson House The Tamil Eelam Society of Canada
Scarborough Housing Help Centre Elizabeth Fry Society of Toronto
Email at [email protected]
Call our automated telephone system 24/7 at
416-981-6111 or call during regular business hours to speak to an agent
Fax at 416-981-6112
Email us at [email protected]