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The City of Kingston's Housing Division's mandate for the administration of social housing in the geographic area of the City of Kingston and County of Frontenac includes management, finance, housing policy development, monitoring housing operations, affordable housing program implementation and training and communication. An excellent Public Information Guide in a Question-Answer format can be found on the City of Kingston's web site.
Social housing units located in the County of Frontenac include:
For complete information regarding the Social Housing provided in the County of Frontenac, please click here to visit the Housing page on the City of Kingston's website.
The Consolidated Municipal Service Manager (CMSM), serving the City of Kingston and the County of Frontenac, has committed funds, provided under the Canada/Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) program, for the creation of a Kingston-Frontenac Renovates Program. This program provides grants for accessibility projects (to a maximum of $3,500) and/or interest free forgivable loans (to a maximum of $10,000) to assist homeowners to complete emergency repairs to their homes. Funding for this program is limited, therefore eligibility is restricted to homeowners, whose combined household incomes fall within pre-determined Income Thresholds. Grants/Loans will be considered on a priority basis to help ensure the effective use of these funds in serving those households in greatest need.
In 2011, the new Housing Services Act came into effect, requiring all Service Managers in Ontario to develop a ten-year plan to identify objectives and targets related to housing and homelessness, as well as actions proposed to meet those objectives.
The City of Kingston, as the Service Manager for the City and the County of Frontenac, had a Municipal Housing Strategy approved by City Council in July 2011 but it did not include an official plan to address homelessness. Thus, in summer 2012, OrgCode Consulting, Inc. was retained to commence development on a local plan to end homelessness, which would be used to guide future funding and service orientation related to homelessness services. Concurrently, the Municipal Housing Strategy was updated to extend the projections to a ten-year horizon and to bring it into alignment with the homelessness strategies.
The result of this effort is the updated 10-Year Municipal Housing & Homelessness Plan which was approved by City Council on December 17th 2013. This Plan recognizes and builds on the existing Municipal Housing Strategy (2011). The original MHS is not required to read, understand, or implement the strategies and recommendations identified in this document. However, the Municipal Housing Strategy includes a needs assessment and other important background information useful for understanding how the recommendations in this document were developed.