The project is ahead of schedule and will be completed mid May. The contractor is installing the curb and will be starting to pave next week. On Monday, May 1st (weather dependent), lane restrictions at the intersection of Talbot Street and First Avenue will be in place from 9pm until 7:30am the next morning to complete the paving of the intersection. Westbound traffic on Talbot will be able to turn northbound onto First Avenue, Eastbound traffic on Talbot will be able to turn northbound onto First Avenue, and Southbound traffic on First Avenue will be able to turn westbound onto Talbot Street, all other movements will be restricted.
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Social Housing - Rent Supplement Program
The City of St. Thomas receives funding from the Province of Ontario to operate the Strong Communities Rent Supplement Program. The City must follow the rules and regulations set out in a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to administer the program within St. Thomas and Elgin County.
What is Rent Supplement?
A rent supplement is a subsidy provided to landlords to bridge the gap between the market rent charged for a unit and the amount the tenant can pay based on his or her income.
How many units are available?
The City has entered into a number of Rent Supplement Agreements with private and non-profit landlords in St. Thomas and Elgin.
There are approximately thirty units of rent supplement housing in this area, as well as ten units of supportive rent supplement housing through support agreements with the Elgin Association for Community Living (EACL) and Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County (VAWSEC).
A list of the Rent Supplement housing providers is available by contacting the Co-ordinated Access Centre (see “How to apply for subsidized housing”).
How do I apply for a rent supplement subsidy?
To apply for housing under the rent supplement program, please contact the Co-ordinated Access Centre, c/o Elgin and St. Thomas Housing Corporation.
Your name will go on a waiting list for the housing providers you have selected.
How can landlords get involved in the Rent Supplement Program?
Landlords or managing agents of rental units who are interested in participating in the Strong Communities Rent Supplement Program should contact the City’s Social Housing Administrator at (519) 631-9350 ext. 126.
The steps involved are:
- The City will forward a Rent Supplement Program application to the landlord. A landlord may offer any number of units within a building as part of the rent supplement program.
- Once the application has been approved, the City will inspect the rental building to determine suitability.
- If acceptable, the City and the landlord will enter into a rent supplement agreement for a specific number of units for a period of three to five years (renewable).
- Under this agreement, the City will refer eligible rent supplement tenants to the landlord, calculate the rent to be paid by the tenant directly to the landlord, and pay the landlord the difference between the tenant’s rent and the regular market rent on the first day of each month.
- The landlord has the right to refuse any referral from the City based on normal rights of refusal of landlords (e.g. a poor rental history).
- The landlord will enter into a lease with the tenant and the standard relationship between the landlord and tenant will apply as per the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).
Units selected for the rent supplement program are based on a number of criteria, including need, local priorities, new construction targets, maximum rent limitations, and the provision of modified units for the physically disabled.
Please be advised that construction will start on Elm Street from Centennial Avenue to east of Tyke Road for underground storm sewer installation. The construction will start on Monday, May 1, 2017 with traffic control and lane restriction in place until the end of May 2017. Please follow traffic control signs and personnel on site in order to navigate through the construction zone safely.
The City is excited to announce the Edward Street Road Rehabilitation Project will start in April. The Burwell Road Rehabilitation project will begin after Edward Street has been completed. Construction is expected to be complete in July 2017. For more information visit the Construction Projects page.
The Elgin St. Thomas Age-Friendly Committee is developing a community plan for residents of Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas. An Age-Friendly community is one where policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environments support and enable older residents to lead healthy, active lives and stay involved in their communities.
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