Waiting list for Ontario’s affordable housing reaches record high

The number of households waiting for affordable housing continues to rise in Ontario, as it has done since 2006.

The waiting list now stands at 168,000 with 3,600 joining in 2014, according to figures from the Ontario Non-profit Housing Association.

The rise of 2.2 per cent was lower than in 2013, but any rise and the cumulative volume are a concern.

Single people and couples make up 37 per cent of those on the list, but there are also an increasing number of seniors (up to 30 per cent last year from 22 per cent a decade ago).

Although almost a third of those waiting for affordable homes in Ontario are families, this group are getting housed more quickly with the wait down by eight months; however, even this group will typically wait 3.5 years for a home. 

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