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ITEM FOR:                   SIMCOE COUNTY HOUSING CORPORATION
SECTION:                    Social Housing
ITEM NO.                    HCB 08-003
MEETING DATE:               March 11, 2008
SUBJECT:                    2007 Centralized Waitlist for Rent-Geared-To-Income Assistance Statistics


RECOMMENDATION:

THAT Item HCB 08-003 regarding the 2007 Centralized Waitlist statistics be received for information.

BACKGROUND:

The Social Housing Reform Act designated the County of Simcoe as the Service Manager responsible for
the administration of the centralized waitlist for rent-geared-to-income assistance in the County. The day to
day administration of this waitlist has been delegated to Simcoe County Housing Corporation.

Applications for rent-geared-to-income assistance are processed through the social housing satellite office
located at 136 Bayfield Street in Barrie. Approved applications are entered into a common database, Yardi
Voyager. This database contains information on the applicant’s personal/emergency contact information,
household composition, past rental history, income and location preferences. Applicant information is
updated annually as well as when an applicant reports a change in their personal circumstances. The
database is also accessed by most of our social housing providers through limited access rights so they may
fill their own rent-geared-to-income vacancies. Former federal housing providers maintain their own
waitlist and therefore do not have access to this database. Once an application is approved, they are placed
on the centralized waitlist in order of priority as follows:

          First priority is given to applicants approved for Special Priority Status. This status is given if a
           member of a household has been subject to abuse from someone they are currently living with or
           have recently separated from the abuser. The applicant must provide verification of the abuse
           from a professional and proof of co-habitation with the abuser which is kept in a sealed envelope
           after the determination is made.
          All other applicants are ranked according to their eligibility approval date in chronological order.

The purpose of this report is to provide an activity summary of the centralized waitlist as of December 31,
2007.

Total Number on Waitlist:
As of December 31, 2007 there were 3317 households on the waitlist including 1088 families with
dependents (33%), 1486 adults with no dependents (45%) and 743 seniors (22%). This total number
represents an increase of roughly 7.5% more households compared to the 2006 statistics of 3086 applicants
on the waitlist. Staff processed 1364 new applications and cancelled 654 files in 2007. Applications are
cancelled at the applicant’s request or if an applicant has failed to keep us updated with a change in their
address and/or telephone number which would mean that we would be unable to reach them to offer them
housing. They are also cancelled automatically in the system if they have been offered and refused housing
on three different occasions.

Special Priority Ranking:
  March 11, 2008           Simcoe County Housing Corporation HCB 08-003                        Page 2

The Social Housing Reform Act, 2000 legislates that we give priority status to victims of domestic
violence. As of December 31, 2007, we had 83 special priority applicants on the waitlist. We offered rent-
geared-to-income housing to 201 special priority households or 42% of available vacancies in 2007 and the
majority of these households were offered housing within 3 to 6 months of first applying. Staff approved
196 new special priority applications in 2007 which included 135 families with dependents, 52 adults with
no dependents and 9 seniors. This reflects an increase of 26% from 2006 when we processed 155 new
special priority applications.

Waitlist Statistics by Municipality and Household Type:

Applicants are maintained on our waitlist by the municipality in which they have chosen and by the
household type including: seniors over age 60 years, households with dependants and households without
dependants. Please note that applicants can be on more than one municipality’s waitlist. This chart
identifies the number of households on the waitlist for housing in Alliston, Angus, Bradford, Elmvale,
Innisfil, Penetanguishene, Stayner and Wasaga Beach which is on average more than double the number of
available units.

                                 With              No                                    RGI Units
          Municipality                                            Seniors      Total
                               Dependents       Dependents                               Available
            Alliston                66             129                85         280         86
             Angus                N/A               6                 55          61         30
             Barrie                941             715               488        2144       1171
            Beeton                N/A               2                 32          34         24
           Bradford                 89             113                87         289         88
           Coldwater              N/A                                 54          54         39
          Collingwood              174              160              133         467        235
            Elmvale               N/A                64               35          99         34
            Innisfil              N/A                                 95          95         40
            Midland                186               251             185         622        338
            Orillia                317               325             248         890        524
        Penetanguishene             90               100              85         275        107
            Stayner               N/A                 53              40          93         15
         Wasaga Beach             N/A                 94              81         175         41
             Total                1863              2012            1703        5578       2772

* Note: The County has approximately 3035 available rent geared to income units however, our waitlist
management has referral access to 2772 units as former federal providers are not mandated to participate in
the central waitlist system.
  March 11, 2008                                           Simcoe County Housing Corporation HCB 08-003                         Page 3

   Number of eligible Clients on the Wait             Number of Eligible Clients on the Wait List by Municipality

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                                                                                                                     Seniors
                                            1500
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Waitlist Statistics by Municipality and Bedroom Size:
Applicants are placed on the waitlist by the municipality they choose and by bedroom size. Staff
determines the smallest and largest unit the household is eligible to receive in accordance with the County’s
Occupancy Standards, attached as Schedule 1. It is important to note that applicants can be on more than
one waitlist.

In 2007, 479 households were housed in rent-geared-to-income units, 278 were from the chronological
waitlist and 201 applicants who had been granted special priority status. Of the 278 households, 101 units
were households with dependants, 45 units were households with no dependants and 132 were seniors.
This represents a turnover of approximately 17% of our 2772 available rent-geared-to-income housing units
in 2007.

                                     Municipality            1 Bdrm.       2 Bdrm.       3 Bdrm.      4 Bdrm.       5 Bdrm.     Total
                                     Alliston                   213           44            23                                   280
                                     Angus                       61                                                               61
                                     Barrie                    1203           439           360          123          19        2144
                                     Beeton                      34                                                               34
                                     Bradford                   200           54             35                                  289
                                     Coldwater                   50            4                                                  54
                                     Collingwood                293           93             62           19                     467
                                     Elmvale                     99                                                               99
                                     Innisfil                    95                                                               95
                                     Midland                    420           106            74           22                     622
                                     Orillia                    557           153           138           42                     890
                                     Penetanguishene            178            47            36           14                     275
                                     Stayner                     93                                                               93
                                     Wasaga Beach               175                                                              175
                                     Total                     3671           940           728          220          19        5578
  March 11, 2008                                              Simcoe County Housing Corporation HCB 08-003                                                                 Page 4

                                                               Wait List by Municipality and Bedroom Size

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Geographical Location of Applicants on the Waitlist:

The waitlist was reviewed for each municipality and approximately 83% of applicants currently on our
waitlist reside within the County of Simcoe while the remaining 17% live outside the County. The
following chart illustrates the percentage residing within Simcoe County for each municipality.

 Municipality                                                          Number of Applicants living                               Percentage of Applicants
                                                                       within Simcoe County                                  living within Simcoe County
 Alliston                                                                          60                                                     2%
 Angus                                                                             10                                                     0%
 Barrie                                                                           1149                                                   35%
 Beeton                                                                             3                                                     0%
 Bradford                                                                          71                                                     2%
 Coldwater                                                                          6                                                     0%
 Collingwood                                                                       64                                                     2%
 Elmvale                                                                            7                                                     0%
 Innisfil                                                                          15                                                     0%
 Midland                                                                                     201                                                     6%
 Orillia                                                                                     454                                                    15%
 Penetanguishene                                                                              68                                                     2%
 Stayner                                                                                      10                                                     0%
 Wasaga Beach                                                                                 59                                                     2%
 Other Municipalities within
 Simcoe County                                                                               576                                                    17%
 Outside Simcoe County                                                                       564                                                    17%
 Total                                                                                       3317                                               100%
*Applicants can be on the waiting list for more than one municipality
  March 11, 2008                 Simcoe County Housing Corporation HCB 08-003                             Page 5
                        Percentage of Applicants living within Simcoe County                  Alliston

                                                                                              Angus

                                                                                              Barrie
                                                   2%
                                                                                              Beeton
                           17%                        0%
                                                                                              Bradford
                                                                                  35%
                                                                                              Coldwater

                                                                                              Collingwood

        17%                                                                                   Elmvale

              2%                                                             0%               Innisfil
              0%                                            6%            2%
                                   15%                                                        Midland
                   2%                                                   0%
                                                                                              Orillia
                                                                     2%
                                                                   0%                         Penetanguishene
                                                                   0%
                                                                                              Stayner

                                                                                              Wasaga Beach

                                                                                              Other Municipalities
                                                                                              within Simcoe County
                                                                                              Outside Simcoe County



Housing Supply and Waiting Times:

There are many factors that determine the length of time an applicant may wait for a rent-geared- to-income
unit. The most significant factors are as follows:
     Availability of housing stock.
     The applicant’s location preferences.
     The size of the unit the applicant requires.
     Whether or not the applicant has special priority status.
     Applicant demand.

The average wait time in 2007, broken down by the type of household is as follows:
Seniors – 3.7 years
Singles – 3.3 years
Families – 3 years

* Please note that these wait times are an estimate based on the housed applicant report which gives the
wait time for each applicant.

  FINANCIAL ANALYSIS: There are no financial implications to this Item.

  SCHEDULES:               The following schedule is attached and forms part of this Item:
  Schedule 1 - Housing Directive.


         Schedule 1


  PREPARED BY:             Debra Moreau, Applicant/Tenant Services Supervisor

                                                                                  Date:
  APPROVALS:
  Cathy Kytayko, Manager of Social Housing                                        February 28, 2008
  Terry Talon, General Manager of Social Services                                 February 29, 2008
  Craig Elliott, General Manager of Finance and Administration                    February 29, 2008
  Mark Aitken, Chief Administrative Officer                                       March 4, 2008
March 11, 2008   Simcoe County Housing Corporation HCB 08-003   Page 6

				
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