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Halton Access to Community Housing (HATCH)

Halton Region's subsidized housing program, also known as rent-geared-to-income (RGI), provides safe, well-maintained rental housing for individuals and families with low and moderate incomes. Halton Region includes: Acton, Milton, Burlington, Oakville and Georgetown (for seniors only). (source)


Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for rent-geared-to-income housing, applicants (including all members of the household that will live with you) must meet the following criteria:

At least one member of the home must be 16 years of age or older.

The household is able to take care of themselves (with or without the help of a support service agency).

All household members are legal residents of Canada. This includes:

Canadian citizens

Individuals with landed immigrant or permanent resident status

or refugee claimants

People who are under an enforceable deportation, departure or exclusion order are not eligible.

No member of the household owes money to another social housing provider anywhere in the province.

No member has been convicted within the last 24 months of an offence under section 55 of the Housing Services Act, 2011 which states: No member of a household shall knowingly obtain or receive rent-geared-to-income (RG) assistance for which the household is not eligible. A person shall not knowingly aid or abet a member of a household to obtain RGI assistance for which the household is not eligible.

If convicted of one of the above offences, a person is liable to a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment for a term no more than six months, or to both.

No member has been convicted within the last 24 months of a crime under the Criminal Code (Canada) in relation to the receipt of RGI assistance.

How do I apply?

Fill out this form and return it to the address listed in the document.

Is there Special Needs Housing?

Fill out the medical request form for wheelchair accessible unit on this page for a special needs unit.

How long is the waiting list?

It is not possible to provide you with a specific wait time. There are many factors that can affect your status on the wait list and these factors can change regularly. Some rules are specified by the provincial government which we must follow. The date on your application is important but it is not the only information used to place you in a certain order on the wait list. Based on all of the information that you provide in the application we ensure that you are placed appropriately on the list. The wait list can be quite long. As a guide, single non-senior units are the highest in demand and the waiting time can be years. It also depends on which town or city you choose and which location you are willing to move to.

Additonal Information

For additional information and contact numbers please visit this website.