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Housing Options

Private Market Housing

This is the most common type of housing and is offered by landlords who rent rooms, apartments or houses they own. This type of housing is often advertised online and in newspapers. You can search online rental listings posted through our Halton Housing Help service.

Subsidized Housing (Rent Geared to Income (RGI) Housing)

This is housing subsidized by the government with rents based on your income. It is sometimes called rent-geared-to-income housing (RGI), low-income housing, subsidized housing or government housing.

It can sometimes be difficult to find affordable housing in Halton’s private rental market due to low vacancy rates. Subsidized housing is much more affordable. However, it can often take a number of years before an offer of RGI housing can be provided. If you are in immediate need of housing, you will have to look in the private market for something that meets your needs and affordability.

To apply for subsidized housing in Halton dial 311 or visit to download an application for Halton Access to Community Housing (HATCH).

Need housing with supports?

There are some housing options available for people who need supports due to physical or mental health challenges. Halton Housing Help can also provide you with information on housing options that will suit your particular needs.

Life Leasing Housing

Life Lease Housing is an increasingly popular housing choice primarily for older adults who are able to live independently. Life lease buyers are often seniors who are looking to move into a smaller home. Some reasons why people choose life lease housing include:

  • fewer home maintenance responsibilities
  • access to social and recreational programs and sometimes care and meal services offered by the sponsor on site
  • sense of community, primarily for seniors, but also for certain religions or nationalities
  • affordability: may be more affordable than condominiums in the area, given the nature of tenure (interest versus ownership), the lack of availability of conventional mortgages and their exemption from land transfer taxes

For more information on Life Lease Housing, please refer to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Resource Guide Link to external site.

In need of emergency shelter?

Halton Region's Emergency Shelter program provides temporary shelter and services to meet the needs of people who are homeless.

Additional Resources

Housing Options for Older Adults in Halton pdf630KB