Housing Administration FAQs
The City is committed to ensuring all households in Kingston have access to housing that is appropriate and affordable. In order to obtain this goal, the Housing Department administers a variety of programs that work together to address local housing challenges.
- Administering the provincial rent-geared-to-income assistance program (social housing) which is responsible for the maintenance of the Centralized Waiting List for both the City of Kingston and the County of Frontenac.
- While the City and the County do not directly operate the social housing units, it acts as a liaison between provincial legislation and the social housing providers to ensure all directives are followed.
- Between the various local affordable housing initiatives and the administration of the provincial housing assistance program, the Department seeks to maintain existing and develop new relationships within the non-profit and private housing sectors to ensure all residents have access to safe, appropriate, and affordable housing.
This following are some of the most common questions about the City's administration of its Social Housing portfolio and Affordable Housing initiatives. Visit the Social Housing page to find more info regarding how to apply.
What is the City doing to increase affordable housing?
- Since 2006, municipal, provincial, and federal funding has supported the development of 431 affordable housing units in Kingston.
- Annually the City commits $1M to develop affordable housing units; this is in addition to capital funding from upper levels of government.
- The City offers development application fee and parkland waivers to projects that include an affordable housing component.
- A seed funding program (i.e. pre-construction funding) has been established by the City to support local social housing providers pursuing affordable housing developments.
- The City supports 2,003 social housing units that are accessed through the centralized waiting list. The municipal cost of delivering this program is $10.5M annually; the average household subsidy is $437 per month.
- The City continues to implement the second residential unit program. It permits homeowners to construct second units which typically rent for more affordable prices compared to purpose-built rental housing. Additional zoning permissions are being pursued to permit more second units to be built across the City as well as permitting second units in accessory structures (e.g. granny apartment or coach house)
- Kingston provides rent-geared-to-income supplements above and beyond legislated service level requirements. These programs provide monthly subsidies to households eligible for social housing.
- The City actively acquires and disposes of land to support new housing development which is to include an affordable component.
- A list of all the affordable housing units in Kingston can be found here
- The City has a 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan outlining recommended policies and programs to address local housing challenges. The 10-Year Plan will be subject to a five-year review in 2018/19.
How many units are there in the social housing system?
The City oversees a local housing portfolio of at least 2,003 rent-geared-to-income households; at least 1368 high need households; and 74 units accessible to those with disabilities.
Do tenants pay rent?
Yes. Tenants pay rent in the public, not-for-profit, and supportive sectors.
Members in the co-operative sector pay a member charge.
Where is social housing located?
See the list of Housing Providers.
How long is the waitlist for social housing?
Number of eligible applicants on the centralized waiting list as of June 30th, 2018: 1291
Average wait times:
- Bachelor/1 Bedroom: 5-8 years
- 2 Bedroom: 2-5 years
- 3 Bedroom/4+ Bedroom: 6 months – 3+ years
- 1 Bedroom (Seniors) 1-4 years
Does the City own Kingston and Frontenac Housing Corporation?
Indirectly. The City of Kingston is the sole shareholder of The Kingston and Frontenac Housing Corporation. It runs as a separate entity under the direction of a Board of Directors appointed by the City of Kingston.
Are Town Homes Kingston and Kingston and Frontenac Housing Corporation the same?
Town Homes Kingston is a municipal not-for-profit housing corporation incorporated under the Corporations Act and Kingston and Frontenac Housing Corporation is a public housing agency incorporated under the Business Corporation Act.