The province has announced a new program called ROOF (Rental Opportunity for Ontario Families).
The ROOF program gives a $100 allowance per month that is paid directly to low income working families (those with children and net incomes below $20,000) to assist with either private market or social housing rent.
Starting January 2008, the Province will provide these housing allowances to eligible families for a maximum of 5 years.
Families may be eligible if they:
have employment income
are a renter household
have one or more dependent children under the age of 18
pay more than 30% of income on rent
are on, or eligible to be on the social housing waiting list
are not receiving social assistance or other government shelter allowance