The Housing Services Act, 2011
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The Housing Services Act, 2011 came into force on January 1, 2012. This Act replaced the Social Housing Reform Act (SHRA) and includes a number of key changes for non-profit housing providers administered under the SHRA and Municipal Service Managers.
The Housing Services Act provides a new legislative framework for the delivery of housing programs in Ontario. More information on the Housing Services Act can be found here.
Updated Resources for HSA
ONPHA is currently updating resources for the HSA, including Sample Policies, Info ON fact sheets, Member Support Questions, and Governance resources. Click here to access the updated resources. A checklist of action items for boards and RGI Administrators is also available.
This guide provides an overview of the Housing Services Act (HSA) and highlights key differences between the HSA and the Social Housing Reform Act (SHRA). It contains details on Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) assistance, noting important areas related to RGI calculation and eligibility. Download the guide here.
ONPHA has prepared this guide as a tool for housing providers who will soon be providing feedback to their service managers about local rules and guidelines. ONPHA encourages you to reflect on these questions and considerations and to discuss them with your colleagues and board members in preparation for discussions with your service manager.
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Changes to rules about access to RGI and RGI administration fall loosely under four objectives:
No significant changes were made to the definition of income or the method by which RGI is calculated. Although consultation was held on these matters, the financial impact for Services Managers requires further study and has thus resulted in postponement of changes to these areas.
The attached summary outlines areas that will be left to Service Manager discretion. RGI administrators will rejoice in the omission in the new regulations of any reference to "opportunity to comment".
The Housing Policy Statement
The Housing Policy Statement (HPS) establishes the housing policy directions of the Province and outlines items to be addressed in local Housing and Homelessness Plans.
The Housing Services Act, 2011 preserves the administrative and funding responsibility for housing with Service Managers within a more flexible framework.
The main changes include:
Many of the rules, and much of the detail, of how things will work are defined by the Act's recently released Regulations.