Why affordability matters

What is affordable housing? That depends on your income.

Most of Indwell’s tenants receive ODSP for a mental health or physical disability. The monthly ODSP payment to a single person is $1,169. In the open market, where average rents are well over $1,000 in many Ontario cities (see above), our tenants would be hard pressed to have much left for food, utilities, clothing, or transportation. Vacancy rates are also low in most of these communities, which contributes to higher rents.

affordability-graphic - showing apartment appliances
* For a single person. Assessed on an individual basis, depending on income and circumstances.

Permanent affordable housing, like Indwell’s, brings stability and peace of mind to our tenants so they can focus on reaching goals in their lives. In addition, all 650 Indwell tenants receive the benefit of an active, caring community and supportive staff and volunteers.

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This article was originally featured in our Winter 2020 Newsletter.
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