Housing and Shelter

Northumberland County is committed to protecting the health and well-being of residents and staff. Precautionary measures have been put in place across County programs and services to support community action against the spread of COVID-19. For program and service updates, visit our COVID-19 Updates page.

Northumberland County works closely with local agencies to deliver housing stability and homelessness prevention initiatives in the community.

Subsidized Housing

If you have low to moderate income, you can apply for one of Northumberland County's Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) units. Learn more about subsidized housing and find out how to apply.

Find out more about the Northumberland County Housing Corporation, the largest community housing provider in Northumberland.

Shelter Benefit

If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, we may be able to help you get or keep housing through the shelter benefit.

If you are eligible, the shelter benefit can help you with:

  • Last month's rent
  • Rent arrears
  • Moving costs
  • Utility deposits, arrears and/or reconnection fees
 How to apply for the shelter benefit
  • If you are on Ontario Works, please speak to your caseworker
  • If you are on ODSP or have a fixed/low income, call 905-372-6846 or 1-800-354-7050 ext. 2468

Emergency Shelter Services

Emergency shelter services for individuals experiencing homelessness in Northumberland are provided by Transition House shelter in the Town of Cobourg. Individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness can access Transition House services through self-referral or through local agencies.

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre provides shelter services for women and families fleeing violence and abuse. Cornerstone delivers a coordinated care approach, connecting women with counselors, housing, and family support workers, all under one roof.

Warming Rooms

During the winter months, daytime and overnight Warming Rooms are available seven days a week. 

  • Daytime Warming Room: Cobourg Lions Community Centre, 157 Elgin Street, East in Cobourg. Open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Overnight Warming Room: Columbus Hall, 232 Spencer Street, East in Cobourg. Open 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

These Warming Rooms are respite centres operated by Northumberland County, Green Wood Coalition and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, where residents in need can take shelter from the cold and access washrooms and light refreshments. These services are available until the end of March 2021.  

Additional Supports for Unsheltered Residents

If you are homeless or need help finding more suitable housing, you can contact:

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Local Homelessness Data

From April 16 to 20, 2018, volunteers spoke with individuals and families across Northumberland who were experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. This outreach was part of Registry Week, an initiative designed to help inform local and provincial housing and homelessness programs and policies.

The full summary of the information gathered is in the 2018 State of Homelessness in Northumberland County report
Affordable Housing Strategy
Learn more about Northumberland County's Affordable Housing Strategy.
Furniture and appliances

If you were homeless and have recently found a place to live, you may be able to get help with furniture and appliances.

To learn more, contact your caseworker or call 905-372-6846 or 1-800-354-7050 ext. 2468.

Our performance data

Interested in learning about what we are doing? Check out our C&SS Spotlight for our performance data.

Renovate Northumberland
Learn more about Renovate Northumberland and find out how to apply.
ReNew It
Learn more about ReNew It and find out how to apply.
Habitat for Humanity homeownership

Low-income families can apply to purchase a Habitat home with no down payment and an interest-free mortgage.

For more information, call Habitat for Humanity at 289-252-0999.