Subsidized housing generally refers to housing that is provided on a "rent-geared-to-income" (RGI) basis. Your rent in such a program will be either 25 or 27% of your yearly income. This type of programing is targeted for households that are at a low or fixed income. If you are a renter in a RGI unit, your rent will be assessed yearly (for rules of subsidy, see below). RGI housing is provided by the Manitoba Housing Authortiy, Winnipeg Housing and Rehabilitation Corporation and various non-profit and co-operative housing providers.
If you are on a low or fixed income, and you live in market rental housing, you may be able to apply for a rent supplement subsidy that will help with your monthly rental payment (see below and see ServiceLink).
Manitoba Housing (Public Housing). Manitoba Housing provides a range of quality housing such as apartments, townhouses, duplexes and houses. Rental rates are based on a rent-geared-to-income ratio of 27 per cent of the household income for one to five bedroom apartments. Rental rates for studio apartments are based on a rent-geared-to-income ratio of 25 per cent of the household income. For an application call (204) 945-4755 or toll free at 1-800-661-4663 or download an application form here.
Winnipeg Housing and Rehabilitation Corporation (WHRC). WHRC provides affordable, clean, and safe rental housing in the inner-city and North end as well as market rent units in various areas of the City of Winnipeg. The majority of the units are available to people requiring rents geared to income (RGI). Applicants approved for RGI would pay 25 to 27 per cent of their annual gross household income. Contact 949-2880 to inquire on their waiting list. Click here to download an application form.
Non-Profits and Cooperatives. Many co-operatives and non-profit housing providers offer rent-geared-to-income units or rent supplements. Ask the housing provider directly if subsidies are offered. Two property management firms that manage a significant number of non-profit and cooperative housing, including Rent-Geared-to-Income, are Murdock Management (phone: 982-2000) and SAM Management (phone: 942-0991).
The Winnipeg Rental Network will be working to list all of the subsidized housing providers.
Aboriginal Housing. Much of the housing stock managed by aboriginal and metis housing providers are on a Rent-Geared-to-Income basis.
1. The portion of the full monthly rent the applicant is required to pay is related to the declaration of income the applicant has made.
2. The portion of the full rent the applicant will pay will not increase for 12 months from the commencement date, except if it is discovered that the applicant has made a false declaration of total household income or family composition. In the case of a false declaration that applicant's portion of the full monthly rent will be increased retroactively and this subsidy agreement terminated immediately.
3. During the 12 month term of this agreement, the applicant may apply for an adjustment to the applicant's portion of the full monthly rent if household income decreases more than $40 per month for a period of time. Any adjustment will be at the sole discretion of the agent.
4. The applicant must provide proof of household income acceptable to the agent.
5. The agent will subsidize an applicant in a housing unit of a size required, in the agent's opinion, to meet the needs of the applicant's household. The applicant's portion of the monthly rent may be adjusted in relation to the monthly rent of an approved housing unit or the application may be asked to relocate to a housing unit that is more suitable, in the agent's opinion, to the household size of the applicant.
6. The application agrees to notify the agent of any termination of the tenancy with the Landlord at least a full rental period in advance of the effective day of termination.
RentAid (formally Manitoba Shelter Benefit) is a monthly benefit to help low income seniors, families, persons with disabilities and some people receiving income assistance pay their rent. Up to $230 per month is available to eligible persons who rent their living accommodation in the private market and who are required to spend a large portion of their income on rent. The amount of the benefit depends on household income and the monthly cost of renting. Office 102-114 Garry Street. Phone 204-945-2197. Email.
RentAid for individuals on EIA who live in private rentals is now $80 per month and $50 per month for participants living in a board and room situation.
School Tax Assistance for Tenants 55+. Rebates available for income-tested tenants over the age of 55 to offset the school tax portion of rent costs. If you are at least 55 years of age and have a household income of less than $23,800, then you are eligible for annual rebates of up to $175, payable once a year...