Program Information
The Housing Stability Benefit through the Housing Help Centre helps ODSP recipients maintain their housing.

ODSP recipients can receive help with last month's rent, rent arrears, utility arrears, appliances, mattresses, and bed bug prevention. ODSP recipients who are homeowners may qualify for bed bug treatment


Ontario Works Recipients
OW recipients apply through their case manager.
 
Housing Stability Benefit - ODSP
Phone:  (905) 526-8100
Fax:  (905) 528-1448
E-Mail: info@housinghelpcentre.ca

119 Main Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 3Z3
How to Apply

ODSP Recipients can apply through the Hamilton Housing Help Centre Via the following methods:

1. Online: Please email fsp@housinghelpcentre.ca for an application. Please specify what you are
                  looking for assistance with and your source of income.






3. Phone: Call the Housing Help Centre for help accessing the applicaiton or if you have questions
                  regarding how to complete it. Call (905) 526-8100

4. In-person: Complete the application in-person with a Financial Support Housing Worker at the Housing
                       Help Centre.
                       Address: 119  Main St. East, Hamilton, Ontario  L8N 3Z3

Please Note:
• We request you call before coming to the Housing Help Centre.
• In order for a Financial Support Housing Worker to complete the application process, we request you
   bring all the proper documentation.
• We request that only one person per houshold is allowed to come to the Housing Help Centre. If you
   need accommodation, please call (905) 526-8100.
Rent Arrears

Step 1: Please email fsp@housinghelpcentre.ca for an application.

Step 2: Please include a copy of your ODSP stub from within the last 30 days.


Step 4: Please mail, email or fax all these documents back to us. Payment for Rental Arrears is paid directly to the landlord or property management company in all circumstances.

Please be aware we only keep documentation for 30 days.
If we do not receive all required documents and/or required information within those 30 days, the application will be withdrawn. All documentation will become invalid.


Utility Arrears

Step 1: Please email fsp@housinghelpcentre.ca for an application.

Step 2: Please include a copy of your ODSP stub from within the last 30 days.

   Step 3:
Please provide us with a copy of your heat or hydro notice.

Step 4: Please mail, email or fax all these documents back to us. Payment for Utility Arrears is paid directly to the Utility company in all circumstances.

Please be aware we only keep documentation for 30 days.
If we do not receive all required documents and/or required information within those 30 days, the application will be withdrawn. All documentation will become invalid.


Last Month's Rent

***Please note HSB can assist with Last Month’s Rent only if you are moving within the Municipality of Hamilton. You can apply for Last Month’s Rent before you move into the unit or within one month after you move into the unit.
To qualify for HSB, you must rent from owner of the property.***

Step 1: Please email fsp@housinghelpcentre.ca for an application.

Step 2: Please include a copy of your ODSP stub from within the last 30 days.






Step 4: Please mail, email or fax all these documents back to us.

Please be aware we only keep documentation for 30 days. If we do not receive all required documents and/or required information within those 30 days, the application will be withdrawn. All documentation will become invalid.


Moving Costs

***Please note HSB can assist with moving expenses only if you are moving within the Municipality of Hamilton***

Step 1: Please email fsp@housinghelpcentre.ca for an application.

Step 2: Please include a copy of your ODSP stub from within the last 30 days.




Step 4: Please mail, email or fax all these documents back to us.

Please be aware we only keep documentation for 30 days. If we do not receive all required documents and/or required information within those 30 days, the application will be withdrawn. All documentation will become invalid.



Mattress

Step 1: Please email fsp@housinghelpcentre.ca for an application.

Step 2: Please include a copy of your ODSP stub from within the last 30 days.




Step 4:
An estimate from a store that accepts our cheques. We can financially assist with the following:
• $400.00 max for an adult mattress and boxspring
• $200.00 max for a child  mattress and boxspring
• $100.00 max for both adult and child’s bedframe
• $50.00 max for both adult and child’s mattress cover
• $25.00 max for both adult and child’s moats/interceptors
(Child: 18 years or younger)

Step 5: Please mail, email or fax all these documents back to us. Payment for eligible items (as listed above) are paid directly to the vendor in all circumstances.

Please be aware we only keep documentation for 30 days.
If we do not receive all required documents and/or required information within those 30 days, the application will be withdrawn. All documentation will become invalid.


Appliance

Step 1: Please email fsp@housinghelpcentre.ca for an application.

Step 2: Please include a copy of your ODSP stub from within the last 30 days.

Step 3: Please include a copy of a letter from your housing provider stating that appliances are your responsibility OR a letter from special supports stating that your appliance is not able to be repaired.

Step 4: Please include an estimate from a store that accepts our cheques.

Step 5: Please mail, email or fax all these documents back to
us. Payment for appliance is paid directly to the vendor in all circumstances.

Please be aware we only keep documentation for 30 days. If we do not receive all required documents and/or required information within those 30 days, the application will be withdrawn. All documentation will become invalid.



Bed Bug Treatment (ODSP HOMEOWNERS ONLY)

Step 1: Please email fsp@housinghelpcentre.ca for an application.

Step 2: Please include a copy of your ODSP stub from within the last 30 days.

Step 3: Please include a copy of a quote or estimate from a registered pest control company. Please make sure estimate or quote is in your name.

Step 4: Please include proof of home ownership.

Step 5: Please mail, email or fax all these documents back to us. Payment for the treatment is paid directly to the vendor in all circumstances.

Please be aware we only keep documentation for 30 days.
If we do not receive all required documents and/or required information within those 30 days, the application will be withdrawn. All documentation will become invalid.
Housing Stability Appeal
If a client is dissatisfied with the outcome, he/she may appeal directly to the Executive Director or designate to have his/her application reviewed. Within seven (7) days, a reassessment will determine if the client meets the eligibility requirements according to the City of Hamilton rules. Appeals can only be granted if the individual meets eligibility criteria. The applicant will be contacted by Hamilton Housing Help Centre with a written outcome of the result of the appeal including the reason for the outcome.
Program Criteria
Approved applicants are eligible for a maximum amount of money in a 24-month period.

The HSB will not be given to anyone who is setting up a residence outside of the Municipality of Hamilton.

HSB is NOT a mandatory benefit.

Please Note:
We will contact you once we received your application.

We will also contact you to inform you if you have been approved or denied.
If approved, payment will take approximately 15 business days.

To contact us directly please email FSP@housinghelpcentre.ca or call us at
(905) 526-8100




2. Mail-in/Fax-in: You can mail or fax in a completed application to the Housing Help Centre.
Address: 119  Main St. East, Hamilton, Ontario  L8N 3Z3
Fax: (905) 393-8182
The application can be downloaded HERE.
Step 3: Please provide us with a copy of your N4 notice/Tenant Ledger from within the last 30 days.
Step 3: If you have already paid Last Month’s Rent, but have not moved into the unit, you can submit a
HHC Landlord Letter OR the full lease. If you have already moved into the unit, but have not paid last
month’s rent, you will need to submit the full lease. Lastly, if you have already moved into the unit and last
month’s rent is already paid, you will need to submit the full lease. Payment for Last Month’s rent is
paid directly to the landlord or property management company in all circumstances.
Step 3: Please include a copy of your moving estimate or moving receipt from a registered moving
company. Please make sure estimate or receipt is in your name. Please note in order for us to reimburse
your move, you must submit ALL documentation within 30 days of the move.
Step 3: In order to apply for a bed, you will need one of the following supporting documents:
Doctor’s note for everyone on your benefit unit who needs a bed due to medical reasons.
• Proof of fire or flood.