Peel Access to Housing (PATH)
Peel Access to Housing (PATH) monitors maintains and updates the social housing centralized wait list for the areas of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Social housing is housing funded by various government programs in which eligible tenants pay reduced rents based on their gross income. (source)
Eligibility RequirementsAnyone can apply for subsidized housing in Peel as long as they meet the following basic eligibility requirements:
One member of the household must be at least 16 years old and able to live independently;
All members of your household must be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or made an application for permanent residency/ sponsorship/ refugee protection under the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act (Canada);
No removal orders have become enforceable;
Former tenants of any social housing provider who have outstanding arrears can only be considered if the arrears have been paid in full or in some cases arrangements to repay are made with the social housing provider and or landlord;
No household member has convictions for rent-geared-to-income fraud or misrepresentation.
How do I apply?You can apply for social housing by completing and filing an application with PATH. Applications are available for pick-up at the PATH office, from this Website (either online or for download) or call us and we will mail one to you. PATH staff will be happy to assist you in completing an application at our office or answer your questions over the telephone. Completed applications can be dropped off at our office or mailed in.
Is there Special Needs Housing?Apartments designed for individuals with disabilities are available in social housing provider buildings in Peel. A wheelchair accessible unit is a unit which has been modified so as to be accessible to an individual with a physical disability, or so as to allow an individual with a physical disability to be able to live independently. Many social housing providers in Peel have accommodation that is suitable for wheelchair users.
All households requesting a wheelchair accessible unit are required to have their physician complete & return the Medical Request Form for Modified Unit.
How long is the waiting list?The wait for subsidized housing in the Region of Peel continues to be very long. Although Peel Region wants to house as many of the people who need subsidized housing as possible, the demand for housing far exceeds the supply and so most people experience long wait times.
Current Average Wait List Times (as of December 2013):
Singles who need a one-bedroom unit: average wait time is 9 years
Families who need a two-bedroom unit: average wait time is 9 years
Families who need a three-bedroom unit: average wait time is 10 years
Families who need a four-bedroom unit: average wait time is 12 years
Seniors (65 years) who need a unit in a senior's building: average wait time is 6 ½ years
Generally, wait times depend on several factors: The size of the unit the applicant requires for the number of people in their household: wait times are generally longer for larger units There is a limited supply of one, three, four and five bedroom units in Peel The more buildings and areas selected, the more chances for an available unit Larger number of restrictions placed on files by applicants may result in longer wait times The turnover rate of units: some buildings have more or fewer vacancies than others and many households need their subsidy for a long period of time
Please note: Applicants will receive up to three offers of housing. There is an unknown and sometimes lengthy amount of time between offers. People who decline 3 offers are removed from the wait list. For this reason, it is important that applicants only select buildings/areas where they want to live.