Applying for Homeless Status


To provide an increased opportunity for placement, on the Centralized Waiting List, to households that are homeless.


Homeless Status is given to a household that meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • Living on the street (no shelter)
  • Living in a motel
  • Living in substandard housing which has been condemned by the municipality
  • Using the emergency shelter system as your primary residence
  • Your accommodation has recently been destroyed by fire or natural disaster
  • Living with family or friends on a temporary basis for less than six months
  • Awaiting release from hospital or other time-limited treatment facility, and cannot return to your former place of residence due to the modifications required to the home


Applicants that have Homeless Status will be made one offer of housing. If the applicant refuses the offer, Homeless Status will be removed from their application and they will be placed on the waiting list using the original application date.

Applicants housed under Homeless Status who deliberately provide false or inaccurate information for the purpose of receiving rent-geared-to-income assistance may have their rent-geared-to-income assistance terminated.

A percentage of vacancies are offered to applicants that are homeless.

NRH cannot make a decision if a request for Homeless Status is not complete.

A request for Homeless Status is considered complete if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The request has been signed by the applicant
  • The form has been verified by a professional

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