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What is the Social Housing Rental Program?

The Social Housing Rental Program (SHRP) is the primary and largest program delivered by Manitoba Housing. The program provides low-income Manitobans in the greatest need with subsidized housing.  Manitoba Housing provides a range of quality housing such as apartments, townhouses, duplexes and houses for individuals, families and seniors.

What are the benefits?

The Social Housing Rental Program provides:

  • Access to shelter for low income households in core housing need ( adequate, affordable and suitable housing)
  • A subsidy that is the difference between the market rent for unit and the rent the tenant pays.  The rent a tenant pays is based on a percentage of total gross household income.  This is commonly referred to as Rent-Geared-To-Income (RGI).
  • A rent based on a percentage of income that does not exceed the affordability benchmark set by CMHC.
  • Supports to achieve a successful tenancy and transition to alternate housing options when appropriate.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Be in core housing need;
  • Be either a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, a refugee claimant or have legal status to live and/or work in Canada;
  • Have total adjusted household income at or below the Social Housing Rental Program Income Limits established by Manitoba Housing where applicable;
  • Be able to live independently, with or without supports.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Determine where you would like to live. Manitoba Housing Listings can help to support the completion of your application.

Step 2:  Complete all sections of the application and ensure the information you provided is correct.

     Social Housing Rental Program application Apply now for subsidised housing. (PDF)
     (PDF - fillable, saveable and printable)

Step 3: Print, sign and submit* your application to Manitoba Housing

    * Submit your completed application by mail or by dropping off in person, only:

  • Mail to:
    Manitoba Housing
    352 Donald Avenue
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2H8
    or
  • Drop off the completed form to any Manitoba Housing office.

Step 4: Notify Manitoba Housing immediately of any changes.
This includes:

     a. Changes in housing needs (i.e. household size, requested location, income)
     b. Changes in contact information

Important: The information provided on the application will be used to determine housing need and confirm eligibility. When supporting documents are required Manitoba Housing will contact you and provide you with a list of documents that will be needed to verify the information on your application..

What size of housing can I expect?

Manitoba Housing will offer a home with the appropriate number of bedrooms to match the size of your household.

When can I can expect a housing offer?

The type of housing you may be offered will depend on factors such as the locations you choose, unit availability and demand and how many people will live in the home. Other needs identified such as physical/mobility needs, smoking/non-smoking, and parking will also be considered. Location selection may affect how quickly you will receive a housing offer. It is important to list all the housing locations that best meet your needs. Manitoba Housing will provide only one housing offer.

How much rent can I expect to pay?

Monthly rent is based on a percentage of household income (Rent-Geared-To-Income (RGI)). Total monthly payable rent includes your rent plus other applicable fees such as parking or tenant services.

For applicants receiving Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), rent will be equal to Rent Assist.

Effective July 1, 2017, the social housing rent-geared to-income (RGI) rate is 28 per cent on lease agreements for new households.

Effective November 1, 2017, the social housing rent-geared to-income (RGI) rate will change to 28 per cent for existing tenant lease renewals.

Current rates before these changes remain at:

  • Bachelor (one person):  25% total gross income
  • 1 or more Bedrooms:    27% total gross income

 

 


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