Helping Households Pay Their Rent

    McGuinty Government's ROOF Program Opens Second Round Of Applications

    OTTAWA, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Qualified Ontario households can now apply for
assistance with their rent under the second phase of the Rental Opportunity
for Ontario Families (ROOF) program.
    The program provides a housing allowance of up to $100 per month for a
five-year period to eligible low-income working families. Families may qualify
for ROOF, if they:

    -   have at least one child under the age of 18
    -   have a net income below $20,000 per year, as outlined in the program
    -   pay more than 30 per cent of their income on rent
    -   are not receiving rent subsidy or social assistance.

    "We are pleased to give working families, struggling to raise their
children on a limited budget another chance to get help in paying their rent,"
said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Jim Watson. "I encourage
Ontarians who qualify for this program to apply."
    Eligible families who applied for the program last year have already
received their first payments of the monthly allowances. These families do not
need to reapply to continue to receive assistance.
    Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until
June 30, 2008. There are a limited number of ROOF housing allowances
    Families can obtain an application form for the ROOF program by calling
toll-free 1-888-544-5101, TTY line 1-800-263-7776, or by visiting

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For further information:

For further information: Adam Grachnik, Minister Watson's Office, (416)
585-6492; Keith Extance, Housing Program Branch, (416) 585-7021

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