A portable housing benefit (PHB) is a monthly benefit paid directly to eligible low-income households to bridge the gap between affordable rent (roughly 30% of income) and some or all of average market rent.

Lanark PHB Accessibility

The Lanark PHB-A is portable anywhere in Lanark County.

Who is eligible

Applicants must:

  • be on the Lanark County Centralized Wait List or eligible to be on the wait list
  • reside in Lanark County
  • not be receiving rent-geared-to-income (RGI), another portable housing benefit, a housing allowance, rent supplement or other housing benefit
  • require a ground floor or accessible unit with a doctor letter stating the requirement

The benefit amount is calculated based on average monthly rent and household income. The average market rent in Lanark County is:

1 bedroom2 bedroom3+ bedroom
$798 $958 $993

 

How to apply

Complete the online application and submit the form along with the required documents to housingapplications@lanarkcounty.ca

Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB)

The Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit (COHB) is portable anywhere in Ontario.

Who is eligible

Applicants must:

  • be on the Lanark County Centralized Wait List or eligible to be on the wait list
  • not be receiving rent-geared-to-income (RGI), the Lanark PHB-A, a housing allowance, rent supplement or other housing benefit
  • not be a homeowner

Priority for the COHB is given to applicants who are:

  • homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • people with disabilities
  • survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking
  • Indigenous people
  • seniors

How to apply

Contact Housing Services at 613-267-4200 - applications are completed over the phone. If you are deemed eligible for COHB, you may access money towards first and last months’ rent by providing a signed lease.

 

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