North York Rent Bank Access Program
COSTI’s Rent Bank Access Program provides information and support to low-income households to help stabilize their housing, prevent eviction and homelessness through access to interest-free loans and energy arrears grant.
- Holistic assessment of clients’ needs
- Access to interest free loans to pay rent arrears
- Access to LEAP energy grant program, an annual one time grant available to low income families and individuals who have energy bills from gas or hydro that are currently in arrears, or have recently received a disconnection notice
- Information, orientation and education on the topics of money management, tenants’ rights and responsibilities and other relevant community services that assist families facing crisis
- Case management, counselling, advocacy support and referral for post housing stabilization
- Crisis intervention
- Negotiations and mediation with landlords to avoid evictions
- Individual life skills support in the area of financial management
- Advocacy for change to reduce the number of evictions
Staff at this location speak English, French, Italian and Spanish. Other languages can be made available upon request.
Who is Eligible
Services are available to low-income individuals and families residing in the North York area who are on the verge of being evicted due to rent arrears.
Eligible applicants for rent loans are: the leaseholder of a rental unit covered by provincial tenant legislation, individuals who are employed or receiving EI, CPP, OAS or WSIB benefits; paying market rent (non-subsidized); have rental arrears of two months or less; have received written notice of non-payment or termination from their landlords; can afford their rent in the long term and have a legal status in Canada.
Applicants cannot be homeowners, or receive benefits through Ontario Works, the Ontario Disability Support Program or OSAP.
Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
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North York Rent Bank Access Program
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COSTI's North York Rent Bank Access Program is funded by the City of Toronto, Homeless Initiatives Fund, and the United Way Toronto & York Region.
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