City of Toronto Homeshare Program

Are you, or someone you know, a senior homeowner who would like help around the home, companionship, and rental income? Does your agency provide support services for seniors? Are you a student looking for affordable housing?
 
You are invited to attend an Information Session to learn more about Toronto HomeShare and how it might be right for you or someone you know. Toronto HomeShare is a City of Toronto program matching older adults aged 55+ with a spare room in their home with a post-secondary student seeking affordable housing. In exchange for reduced rent ($400-600 per month), the student provides up to seven hours per week of companionship and light help with household tasks.
 
The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE), in collaboration with the City of Toronto, will be hosting a series of Information Sessions over the coming weeks. Each Information Session will feature a presentation by the HomeShare program team, followed by a question and answer period. Attendees can speak with Toronto HomeShare program staff directly and fill out an application or take home an information package. Light refreshments will be served.
 
The Information Sessions will be held as follows:
 
Thursday, November 21
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
246 Bloor St W, Rm 114
 
Tuesday, December 3
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
246 Bloor St W, Rm 100
 
Light refreshments will be served. 
 
Please register for the session by emailing Laura Martinez, Program Manager, at: l.martinez@mail.utoronto.ca.
For more information regarding the location or accessibility inquiries, please contact Laura Martinez at: l.martinez@mail.utoronto.ca or 416-978-4706.
 
 
About the Toronto HomeShare Program
 
Toronto HomeShare is a City of Toronto program that matches older adults aged 55+ wishing to share a spare room in their home with university and college students seeking affordable housing in Toronto. In exchange for reduced rent, between $400-600 per month as determined by the homeowner, the student provides up to seven hours per week of companionship and help with light household tasks, such as preparing and sharing a meal, tidying up, or walking a pet.
 
The Toronto HomeShare Program is unique in that it is entirely facilitated by social workers who will match participants based on a variety of characteristics and preferences, will ensure all participants receive a Vulnerable Sector Screening, and will be available for mediation and support throughout the entire HomeShare experience for both the homeowner and the student.
 
We are currently seeking both students and homeowners for our Program.
 
For more information, including how to apply, please visit our website: www.torontohomeshare.com 
 
For general inquiries on the Toronto HomeShare Program, including how to join the Program, please call 416-978-4706 or email info@torontohomeshare.com

Ontario Electricity Support Program

While not a municipal program, another cost-savings program was brought up to day. The Ontario Electricity Support Program is a program providing reductions in electricity bills for low income households. The application for the program is available online, but you can also phone: 1-855-831-8151 or email: info@OntarioElectricitySupport.ca for more information. The website is: https://ontarioelectricitysupport.ca/