Housing Stability Program

The Housing Stability Program helps qualified Durham singles, couples and families keep their rental housing and not become homeless by offering financial assistance for rental arrears to low income tenants.

The Housing Stability Program is not intended to help tenants afford their rent. They must be in a unit that is usually affordable for their income. Applicants can also access financial assistance for last month’s rent deposit to secure new accommodations.

The Housing Stability Program is also intended to offer financial assistance to qualified low-income Durham singles, couples and families with energy related emergencies. The program helps those who are usually able to afford their energy costs but due to an unexpected financial burden or unanticipated cost increase are unable to pay their heat and or hydro for a short period of time and are in arrears of their gas or hydro.  Applicants can access up to two months worth of gas or hydro costs.

IMPORTANT: Please note, if you are asking for last month’s rent assistance but have secured the unit on your own without paying last month’s rent, you WILL NOT be eligible for assistance. HSP also DOES NOT reimburse those who have paid the landlord first and last month’s rent.

The housing stability program is subject to available funding.

For qualified low-income households, benefits could include:

Rent, heat or utility arrears to a maximum of two months. Benefits can also include connection fees and security deposits.

Last month’s rent deposit. Applicants must obtain decision by HSP staff before moving into rental unit.

Rental unit must be eligible under the Residential Tenancy Act.

Moving costs to a maximum of $200.

Assistance may be issued a maximum of once in a 36-month period.

More information can be obtained by calling Housing Help Durham at: 905-686-2661


Click here to download the necessary documents

Click here to download the Housing Stability Program Brochure