Housing Allowance Program

Purpose

The Housing Allowance (HA) program is not a rent-geared-to-income program. It is a short term program that provides a set allowance to landlords to help households afford private market rentals. The HA program temporarily assists households in meeting their monthly rental obligations for a set period of time, or until they are housed in a permanent geared-to-income unit, whichever comes first.

Units are currently fully allocated, however, when funding and units become available, offers will be made to applicants on the waiting list according to guidelines.

Description

In order to be eligible for the HA program, households must be on the Affordable Housing Waiting List and must not be currently receiving a geared-to-income subsidy. It is anticipated that households will be housed in permanent geared-to-income accommodation prior to the expiry of the HA agreement. If the tenant is still residing in the unit when the HA agreement expires, the tenant must pay the current market rent or vacate the unit.

Households that choose to participate in this program will be offered units with private landlords. The household will remain on the Affordable Housing Waiting List for permanent subsidized accommodation. Households participating in this program will sign a lease with the landlord and a normal landlord/tenant relationship will exist as defined in the Residential Tenancies Act 2006. Housing allowances are paid directly to the landlord. The allowance is a set amount up to $300 per month, but is not the full difference between 30% of the tenant’s gross monthly income and the full market rent.

Responsibilities of Various Parties

Tenant

  • Households who wish to participate in this program must apply to NRH and be placed on the Affordable Housing Waiting List
  • Applicants will be offered units, in chronological order, with private landlords
  • Tenants must sign a lease with the landlord and sign a Housing Allowance Agreement with NRH
  • Tenants must comply with the Residential Tenancies Act 2006, terms and conditions of the Housing Allowance Agreement and the terms and conditions of their lease
  • Tenants must provide NRH with income verification on an annual basis and whenever their household income/composition changes

Responsibilites of Landlord

  • Private sector landlords must advise NRH of their interest in participating in the HA Program
  • Units offered to NRH must be in a satisfactory state of repair, fit for habitation and in compliance with applicable Building Code and Fire Code requirements
  • The landlord signs a Housing Allowance Landlord Agreement
  • The landlord must comply with all applicable legislation - Residential Tenancies Act 2006 and the Housing Allowance Landlord Agreement
  • A lease must be entered into with the tenant
  • Landlords must provide NRH with copies of all notices given to the tenant

Responsibilites of NRH

  • NRH will administer the HA program
  • NRH will pay the HA payment to landlords on a monthly basis
  • NRH will inspect and approve all new Housing Allowance units
  • NRH will fill units with applicants from the Affordable Housing Waiting List
  • On an annual basis, NRH will verify the income of the household to ensure compliance with program guidelines
  • NRH will perform periodic inspections of the landlord’s buildings

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