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Housing Stability Bank


Housing Stability Bank

The  Housing Stability Bank offers financial assistance to low income Londoners to obtain and retain their housing and offers financial assistance to those at risk of homelessness to remain housed.

Rental Assistance - interest-free, repayable loans to assist with rental arrears, first month's rent (ODSP recipients only) and/or last month's rent.

Emergency Utility Assistance - a limited grant program or interest-free, repayable loan to assist with utility arrears pertaining to gas, electricity or water.

Ontario Electricity Support Program - assists with the completion of applications to the Ontario Electricity Support Program.

Connections and Referrals to Community Resources - provides relevant connections to community services.

 

September 12, 2017 - An Important Message from the Housing Stability Bank

For Gas Bills - The Emergency Utility Assistance Program will be transitioning from the LEAP Program to an Interest-Free Loan Program on September 12, 2017.  The available grant funding has been exhausted at this time.

The Housing Stability Bank provides limited-time grants and interest-free loans to assist Londoners with low income in obtaining and retaining their housing and to keep those at risk of homelessness housed.

Emergency Utility Assistance provides limited time grants (LEAP) or interest- free loans to Applicant’s whose Gas accounts are pending disconnection or have been disconnected

This is to inform that the Housing Stability Bank has received communication from United Way of Greater Simcoe about the depletion of LEAP funding, and will now be transitioning to an interest-free loan program.

Melissa Jeffrey, Manager:  Email: mjeffrey@centreofhope.ca

Housing Stability Bank Phone: 519 964-3663 x 310

 

Money Coach Sessions - Free Service

The Housing Stability Bank now offers free one-on-one meetings to assess your current financial situation.  Our money coaches can help with:

  • Budgeting Strategies
  • Basic Banking
  • Pay Day Loans, break the borrowing cycle
  • Improving your Credit Rating
  • Opening a Bank Account
  • Benefit Entitlements and Applications
  • Help Setting up a Direct Deposit
  • Access to Community and Financial Resources

To arrange an initial meeting, ask your Housing Stability Worker or contact a Money Coach directly at: 519-964-3663 ext. 341 or 519-964-3663 ext. 340

This service is brought to you in partnership with Credit Counselling Thames Valley

Ontario Registration # 4138269

125 Woodward Avenue, London, ON N6H 2H1 ● T. 519-433-0159 ● F.519-433-4273

e. credit@familyservicethamesvalley.com ● www.familyservicethamesvalley.com

 

June 14, 2017 - An Important Message from the Housing Stability Bank

For WATER Bills – The Emergency Utility Assistance Program will be transitioning from a Limited-Time Grant Program to an Interest-Free Loan Program on or about June 28, 2017. The available grant funding will be exhausted at this time.

Through Emergency Utility Assistance, the Housing Stability Bank distributes limited-time grants or interest- free loans to Applicants whose utilities (Gas, Electricity or Water) are pending disconnection or have been disconnected.

For Water Bills: the Emergency Utility Assistance Program will be transitioning from a Limited-Time Grant Program to an Interest-Free Loan Program, on or about June 28, 2017 until further notice. The available grant funding will be exhausted at that time.

 

For Hydro Bills Only - The Emergency Utility Assistance Program will be transitioning from a Grant Program to an Interest-Free Loan Program on or about June 15, 2017.  The available grant funding will be exhausted at this time.

Emergency Utility Assistance provides limited time grants or interest- free loans to Applicant’s whose utilities (gas, electricity or water) are pending disconnection or have been disconnected

This is to inform  that the Emergency Utility Assistance Program is expecting to deplete available grant funding for assistance with Hydro Bills on or about June 15, 2017, and will transition to an interest-free loan program at that time.

Please note that Emergency Utility Assistance grants will continue to be available for water until further notice.

 

An Important Message from the Housing Stability Bank at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope - Effective January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017 the process to obtain an Emergency Utility Assistance Gas Arrears Grant through the Housing Stability Bank will change. Intake to obtain a Gas Arrears Grant will be conducted by United Way Greater Simcoe County by telephone and applications will be processed by the Housing Stability Bank.

To determine if you are eligible for a Gas Arrears Grant, and to complete the intake process, contact United Way Greater Simcoe County at 1- 855-487-5327 (toll free), beginning January 1, 2017.

Once you have completed the intake process with United Way Greater Simcoe County by telephone, you will be contacted by the Housing Stability Bank to attend an appointment for the processing of your application at one of the Housing Stability Bank locations.

If you have any questions, contact the United Way Greater Simcoe County at 1-855-487-5327 (toll free), beginning January 1, 2017.

Housing Stability Bank Locations

Applications are completed by appointment only.  Appointments can be scheduled at a location close to you, including:

  • The Salvation Army Centre of Hope - 281 Wellington St.
  • Jalna Branch Library - 1119 Jalna Blvd.
  • Westmount Branch Library - 3200 Wonderland Rd., S.
  • Pond Mills Branch Library - 1166 Commissioners Rd., E.
  • East London Branch Library - 2016 Dundas St.
  • Beacock Library - 1280 Huron St.
  • Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre - 550 Hamilton Rd.
  • The Landlord and Tenant Board - 400-150 Dufferin Ave. (Intake and consultation for those with a rental arrears hearing before the LTB same-day)

For more information or to set up an appointment please call: The Salvation Army Centre of Hope Housing Support Services - 519-964-3663 or email housing@centreofhope.ca

 French Interpretation is available upon request.

 

 

 

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