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Survivors of Domestic Violence Portable Housing Benefit

What is the Portable Housing Benefit?

The Portable Housing Benefit is a subsidy provided to victims of domestic violence to assist with housing costs including rent assistance. The subsidy is not limited to a specific unit so participants have the freedom to choose their own place to live.

How does it work?

Community partners are able to assist applicants in completing the required paperwork. Once the paperwork is complete, the City of London’s Housing Access Centre provides approval, determines the benefit amount, approves unit rents, and drafts an agreement

If eligible for the subsidy, community partners will also help participants find housing. Each month the participant will receive a cheque in the amount of the rent subsidy, covering a portion of market rent. Participants will be responsible for any remaining rent.

Who is eligible?

Anyone who meets the criteria for  Social Housing AND has  Special Priority status.

Social Housing Criteria

  • 16 years of age or older and able to live independently
  • Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant, or Refugee Claimant
  • No member of the household under deportation, departure, or exclusion order
  • No member of the household owes arrears to any Ontario Social Housing Provider

Special Priority Criteria

  • Individuals who are victims of domestic abuse.

How can I apply?

Contact the Housing Access Centre or one of the community partners listed.
For more information please contact: 519-661-0861 or email  or visit us at 379 Dundas Street, Suite 116

Community Partners

At^lohsa Native Family Healing Services
Tel: 519-432-2270
343 Richmond Street, Unit 109
London, ON

Carrefour des Femmes
Tel: 519-858-0954
285 King Street, Suite 200
London, ON

London Abused Women’s Centre
Tel: 519-432-2204
797 York Street, Unit 5
London, ON

Rotholme Women’s and Family Shelter
Tel: 519-673-4114
42 Stanley Street
London, ON

Women’s Community House
Tel: 519-624-3000
101 Wellington Road and 450 Clarke Road
London, ON

Women’s Rural Resource Centre
Tel: 519-246-1526
145 Beech Street
Strathroy, ON

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