The Homelessness Prevention Fund
The Homelessness Prevention Fund (HPF) provides funding to assist families who meet the fund’s eligibility requirements to stay housed or secure housing (e.g. through offering rent or utility assistance).
Funding is in the form of a non-repayable grant that prevents an upcoming eviction or assists homeless individuals or families with moving to permanent housing.
The HPF replaces funding previously under the Low Income Assistance Bank, and the Rental Deposit Assistance program.
Eligible Expenses and Funding Maximums
- Each household cannot exceed these maximum amounts available:
- up to $1200 every 24 months for singles and couples with no children; or
- up to $2000 every 24 months for families with children.
- Funding can be considered for the following eligible expenses if the applicant is housed and under threat of eviction:
- rent, mortgage, property tax arrears
- utility arrears (water, heat, hydro, propane, or wood)
- damages (requires a ruling from the Landlord and Tenant Board)
- Funding can be considered for the following eligible expenses if the applicant is homeless and needs assistance to secure the rental unit:
- moving and related start-up expenses
- first and/ or last month's rent
- tenant insurance (if required prior to move-in)
In all cases documentation is required to verify an expense.
- be a resident of the city of Kingston or the County of Frontenac including Frontenac Islands
- be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrants or refugee claimant (proof required);
- must have income below these Housing Income Limits:
- for a 1 person household less than $29,000 annually
- for a 2 person household less than $33,500 annually
- for a 3 person household less than $40,000 annually
- for a 4 person or more household less than $48,500 annually
Applicants can be homeowners, renters, or people who are currently homeless. Eligible renters can be living in market, affordable or Rent-Geared-To-Income (RGI) units.
- If you are an Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) client, you are not eligible for the Homelessness Prevention Fund. If you are in need you can apply for the Discretionary Residency Benefit at 362 Montreal Street, Kingston or by downloading the form from the Ontario Works forms page.