211 Ontario - Housing

211Ontario.ca provides an extensive list of community and social services from across Ontario related to Housing. In most communities in Ontario, you can dial 211 to access telephone-based informaton and referral services  24 hours a day, 7 days a week in over 100 languages.

The following kinds of Housing services can be found using 211Ontario:

Services that assist in finding permanent housing, particularly housing help centres. Includes options for people on low incomes including subsidies, loans and expenses assistance.

Programs assisting individuals with ongoing mental health concerns to obtain or maintain housing or shelter. May provide supportive services such as life skills training and counselling, or treatment-based living arrangements.

Private housing options for older adults able to pay for their own care and not requiring 24-hour nursing care. Usually offer meals, social and recreational programs, as well as various levels of homemaking help, personal care and health services. For comprehensive information, contact Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA), www.orcaretirement.com, or the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority, www.rhra.ca.

Apartments for individuals 55-60 years and over who are able to live independently, care for themselves and maintain their own units.

Services for individuals needing support to live independently in an apartment setting. 24-hour emergency response and help with meals and homemaking may be available. Often provided for a specific building, or for a portion of a building.

Short-term accommodation for those leaving emergency shelters or in need of housing during a life transition, including people with mental illness and addictions, single mothers and victims of violence.

Toll-free Telephone: 
211