McGuinty Government Helping Working Families With Housing Costs

    Launches $185-Million Housing Allowance Program

    TORONTO, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is launching an
innovative housing program that will provide a monthly housing allowance to
low-income working families struggling with housing affordability in Ontario,
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing John Gerretsen announced today.
    "Many of these families will be newly-arrived in Ontario, struggling to
make their way forward in our province, and we want to offer them a helping
hand," said Gerretsen. "This initiative builds on our successful affordable
housing strategy aimed at ensuring every Ontario family has a safe, healthy,
affordable place to call home."
    The $185-million Rental Opportunity for Ontario Families, known as ROOF,
will provide a housing allowance of up to $100 per month to more than 27,000
low-income working families in the province, starting in January 2008.
Eligible families must have at least one child under the age of 18, have an
Adjusted Family Income below $20,000 per year, and pay more than 30 per cent
of their income on rent. Families must not be receiving rent subsidy or social
    "Housing allowances are an effective way to help lower-income families
with housing affordability," said Mike Chopowick, Manager of Policy for the
Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario. "We commend the government
for taking this important first step."
    "ROOF will go a long way in helping working families who are not
receiving social assistance and who are struggling to raise their children
with a limited budget," said Gladys Wong, Executive Director of Neighbourhood
Information Post, the lead agency for Toronto's Rent Bank. "This is a positive
step forward by the McGuinty Government."
    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 signing up online at
    "ROOF takes an innovative new approach to providing housing assistance to
low-income working families struggling to find affordable housing," said
Gerretsen. "This program will make a positive difference in the lives of
thousands of households that will directly benefit from receiving an extra
$100 per month."

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For further information:

For further information: Patti Munce, Minister's Office, (416) 585-6333;
Susan Bacque, Housing Program Branch, (416) 585-7021

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