Housing and Shelter

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. 2001

Emergency shelter services

Transition House shelter

Emergency shelter services for individuals experiencing homelessness in Northumberland are provided by Transition House shelter in the Town of Cobourg. Community members can access emergency shelter services through the coordinated entry system managed by Transition House, either through local agencies or through self-referral by calling 905-376-9562.

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre

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.

Anishnaabe Kwewag Gamig (AKG)

Anishnaabe Kwewag Gamig (AKG) is an emergency shelter facility that accommodates indigenous and non-indigenous women and their children who are experiencing family violence. A 24-hour support line and walk-in services are also available. For more information call 905-352-3708 or toll free at 1-800-388-5171.

Overnight Warming Room

Starting November 30, 2022, overnight warming room services will be available at St. Peter's Anglican Church, 240 College Street, Cobourg, where residents in need can take shelter from the cold and access washrooms and light refreshments. These services will be available seven days a week from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. until the end of March 2023.

Beginning December 9, additional services will also be available at the warming room location Mondays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., including:

  • Wellness checks
  • Vaccine clinics
  • Crisis intervention
  • Housing search supports
  • Addiction harm reduction supports
  • Ontario Works and other social services

Warming room services are provided by Transition House Emergency Shelter in partnership with St. Peter's Church, with funding from Northumberland County.  For more information, please contact Transition House Shelter at 905-376-9562.  

Additional supports for unsheltered residents

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

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Affordable Housing Strategy

Learn more about Northumberland County's Affordable Housing Strategy.

Affordable Housing Grant Program

Learn more about our Affordable Housing Grant Program which offers homeowners, agencies and developers a grant of up to $20,000 per unit for the development of new affordable rental housing.

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. 2001.

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.

Northumberland enumeration

2021 Homeless Enumeration 

On September 29, 2021, staff from Northumberland County Community & Social Services, along with local agency partners, conducted interviews with community members to gather data about how many people are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless in Northumberland, and to learn more about the individual situations and needs of people without access to stable housing.

Mandated by the Province, the 2021 Homeless Enumeration will bring greater visibility to the state of homelessness in Northumberland through a point-in-time analysis.

Please see the 2021 Enumeration Report and the 2021 Enumeration Presentation

2018 Registry Week

In April 2018, volunteers conducted an enumeration as 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 from the count conducted in 2018 is in the 2018 State of Homelessness in Northumberland County report.

Our performance data

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

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