The County of Simcoe has been designated as the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager responsible for the administration of the centralized waitlist for rent-geared-to-income assistance in the County. The day-to-day administration of this waitlist has been delegated to Simcoe County Housing Corporation (SCHC).
Applications for rent-geared-to-income assistance are processed through the social housing office which is located at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario. Once approved, applications are entered
into “Yardi Voyager”, a common database. This database captures information regarding the applicant’s personal and emergency contact information, household composition, past rental history, current income and housing location preferences. Applicant information is updated annually and/or each time an applicant reports a change in their circumstances. The database is accessed by most of the social housing providers so they may fill their own rent-geared-to-income vacancies. Most former federal housing providers maintain their own waitlist and therefore would not have access to this database. Once an application is approved, the household is placed on the centralized waitlist in the following order (Pursuant to the Housing Services Act, 2011):
Special Priority Applicants (SPP):
This status is given to a member of a household who has been subject to abuse from someone they currently live with or from whom they have recently separated. The applicant must provide verification of the abuse from a professional and proof of cohabitation with the abuser.
All other applicants are ranked in chronological order from the date their application was processed.
The County has approximately 3,000 rent-geared-to-income units available, however, our waitlist management has referral access to 2,772 units as former federal providers are not mandated to participate in the centralized waitlist system.
The purpose of this report is to provide an activity summary with historical trends of the centralized waitlist as of December 31, 2016.