On behalf of the Service Manager, Elgin and St. Thomas Housing Corporation (ESTHC) operates the Centralized Waiting List system. Applications for most socially assisted housing [subsidized housing] are accepted and processed by ESTHC. Housing locations include: Alymer, Dutton, Port Burwell, Rodney, St. Thomas, and West Lorne. (source)
Eligibility RequirementsTo be eligible:
You must be a Canadian citizen, Landed Immigrant, or have Refugee Claimant Status, or you have made application for status as a permanent resident under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) or for refugee protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada), and no removal order has become enforceable against any member of the household under the Act.
If you own a house, any offer of rental accommodation as a result of this application will be conditional upon you listing your house for sale. If sale of the house is not completed within six months of accepting accommodation, you will not be eligible to continue receiving RGI assistance (exceptions may be made in extenuating circumstances or if a sale is imminent).
You must not owe rent or damage arrears to any social housing provider. (Exceptions may be made in extenuating circumstances or if an agreement to repay is in place.).
At least one person in your household must be 16 years of age or older, and able to live independently with or without support services.
No member of your household has been convicted during the past two years of an offence arising from misrepresentation of income for rent-geared-to-income purposes.
How do I applyFill out the first application form on this page, and then return it to:
ELGIN – ST. THOMAS HOUSING APPLICATIONS CENTRE
c/o Elgin and St. Thomas Housing Corporation
9 Princess Ave., Unit 5
St. Thomas, Ontario N5R 3V3
Phone: (519) 631-4580 Toll-free: 1-800-324-4474
Fax: (519) 633-8035
Is there Special Needs housing?Based on the application for housing, there is a section asking whether a perosn needs an accessible modified unit.
How long is the wait list?It is impossible to give you an accurate forecast as to how long you will have to wait because it also depends on the number of move-outs that may, or may not, occur. Our best “guess” on waiting times is as follows:
Bachelor and 1 Bedroom Units – 2-3 years
2- Bedroom Units –3-4 years
3 – Bedroom Units –1-2 years
4 – Bedroom Units –1-2 years
5 – Bedroom Units – only available at Elkview Gardens in Aylmer and Port Burwell Family Residences in Port Burwell
6- Bedroom Units – only available at Elkview Gardens in Aylmer