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ONPHA uses original research and analysis to help fill crucial knowledge gaps, share promising practices, and to support our advocacy recommendations with the evidence we need.

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Innovations in Housing Stability

Cover pages of case studies in ONPHA's Innovations in Housing Stability series

Profiling eight unique initiatives that have helped Ontarians enjoy secure, affordable housing that meets their needs.

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Canadian Rental Housing Index

Home page of the Canadian Rental Housing Index, featuring a map of Canada sorted into census areas

ONPHA teamed up with the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and other partners across Canada to develop an interactive database examining rental housing affordability across Canada.

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Waiting Lists Survey Reports

Crowd of people waiting in a park

From 2003 to 2016, ONPHA tracked the number of households waiting for rent-geared-to-income housing in Ontario, drawing attention to the need for dedicated, long-term investment in affordable housing.

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Research library

Aging in Place in Social Housing - FocusON series 
February 11, 2016
 

Like other seniors, many tenants in social housing would like to remain in their homes for as long as possible. This paper examines aging in place approaches for low-income seniors through the lens of Ontarians living in social housing.

Strengthening Social Housing Communities 
November 17, 2015
 

This report addresses the challenge of unsupported tenancies, highlighting successful initiatives across the province and providing detailed recommendations to ensure that all tenants are able to enjoy a secure home in a healthy community.

Making Ends Meet: Opportunities and Challenges of Rental Assistance Programs 
September 14, 2015
 

Ontario is facing an affordable housing crisis. This paper examines why rental assistance programs have risen in use by the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, and discusses the benefits and consequences of these programs.

Affordable Housing as Economic Development 
September 11, 2015
 

The connections between affordable housing investment and economic growth are well recognized. In this report, ONPHA highlights the business case for investing in affordable housing in Northern and Southwestern Ontario communities.

A Simpler Cheaper Housing Subsidy - summary 
July 03, 2015
 

This report identifies two sets of reforms to Ontario’s rent-geared-to-income (RGI) system to streamline administration, simplify and reduce delivery and oversight costs, and generate better outcomes for households in need of housing assistance.

A Simpler Cheaper Housing Subsidy - full report 
July 03, 2015
 

This report identifies two sets of reforms to Ontario’s rent-geared-to-income (RGI) system to streamline administration, simplify and reduce delivery and oversight costs, and generate better outcomes for households in need of housing assistance.

Big Problems Need Bold Solutions 
April 11, 2014
 

Hundreds of thousands of Ontario homes fail to meet the standards of housing adequacy. This report uses a number of proven policy tools to outline an ambitious ten-year plan to eliminate Persistent Core Housing Need and homelessness in the province.

LHINs and the Housing System – FocusON series 
December 12, 2013
 

This paper examines the working relationship between supportive housing providers and Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and offers recommendations to improve collaboration and coordination.

Rental Market Data from the 2011 National Household Survey – FocusON series 
September 16, 2013
 

Data from the 2011 National Household Survey (released in September 2013) shows increased rental demand in Ontario as affordability problems persist. This paper provides an overview of current housing trends in Ontario, emphasizing rental sectors.

Where's Home 2013 
June 18, 2013
 

A lack of affordable housing limits opportunity for many Ontarians. This report offers a broad retrospective on sector trends and issues over the last two decades and illustrates the need for affordable rental housing in Ontario.

Housing First – FocusON series 
May 15, 2013
 

The housing first approach requires that service managers help those experiencing homelessness to access and maintain affordable housing. This paper examines the impact this has on our sector and offers steps the Province can take to ensure success.

Local Housing and Homelessness Plans – FocusON series 
February 15, 2013
 

The Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy and the Housing Services Act, 2011 make service managers responsible for the delivery of housing and homelessness services in Ontario. This paper explores key considerations for the creation of their plans.