Housing and Shelter

Northumberland County works hard with local agencies to ensure everyone has a safe, affordable place to live.

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.

Additional housing supports and services

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

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

Homelessness in Northumberland County

From April 16 to 20, 2018, volunteers spoke with individuals and families across Northumberland who were homeless and/or at risk of being homeless. This outreach was part of Registry Week, which happens every two years 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.

The next Registry Week will be in 2020. Learn how you can volunteer for the next Registry Week.

Learn more about…

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.

Renovate Northumberland
Learn more about Renovate Northumberland and find out how to apply.
ReNewIt
Learn more about ReNewIt 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.

Northumberland County Housing Corporation

 Northumberland County Housing Corporation (NCHC) is a social housing provider in Northumberland County with over 350 housing units. The NCHC provides rent-geared-to-income (RGI) and affordable rental options to low-income households in Northumberland.

Northumberland County is the sole shareholder of the NCHC and gives direction to its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for the budget, upholding corporate by-laws, agreements, and reports; and for long-range strategic planning.  It is made up of County Council representatives, the Chief Administrative Officer of Northumberland County, and directors.