Ontario Introduces ROOF Program

Ontario Introduces ROOF Program

Postby CLS » Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:07 pm

Originally Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2007

Ontario has launched a $185 million housing allowance program to assist low-income families with children. As explained on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website (http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page4842.aspx):

"Rental Opportunity for Ontario Families (ROOF)

What is ROOF?

Rental Opportunity for Ontario Families (ROOF) is Ontario’s new $185 million housing allowance program.

A “housing allowance” is a financial supplement given directly to a tenant to help pay the rent.

How much is the ROOF housing allowance?

Under ROOF, eligible families will receive $100 per month, starting in January 2008.

Am I eligible for assistance under ROOF?

You may be eligible for the first year of the ROOF program if you meet all the following requirements:
Are a resident of Ontario and have appropriate status in Canada;

Have one or more dependent children under the age of 18 years, as of January 1, 2008;

Have filed a 2006 income tax return;

Have a Family Earned income of at least $5,000 and Adjusted Family Net Income below $20,000;

Are paying more than 30% of Adjusted Family Net Income towards rent;
Have less than $10,000 in liquid assets;

Are not currently receiving any rent subsidy;

Are not currently receiving any social assistance; and

Do not own a home suitable for year round occupation.

How long does the program run?

ROOF is a five-year program. Eligible families will receive the housing allowance assistance for up to five years, starting in January 2008.

How can I apply?

In order to apply for ROOF, you must fill out an application form. To obtain an application you may:

Call 1-888-544-5101 (TTY: 1-800-263-7776); or
Sign up online.

How can I get additional information?

For more information, call 1-888-544-5101 (TTY: 1-800-263-7776), or by e-mailing ROOF@ontario.ca .

First payments will be made to qualified applicants in January 2008.
ROOF funding will provide assistance to approximately 27,000 families."

Advocates working with families who may qualify for the ROOF program can find more information on the Ministry's website. Potential applicants can also use the Ministry's web link to request an Application packet.

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