Wiiji’iwewin

RENT SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM

Deadline for Applications: February 10, 2023

Wiiji’wewin Rent Supplement Program

The Wiiji’iwewin Rent Supplement program was established in February 2022 as part of Giwetashkad's goal to provide Indigenous people with secure and affordable housing. During its initial run from February to March 2022, it was able to provide aid to 63 individuals and cover additional living expenses. The program's success led to increased funding for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

Wiiji’iwewin is Anishnaabemowin (Ojibwe language) word that loosely translates in English to “the help” and “assistance” to another individual

Improving Indigenous housing stability

The program provides financial aid to Indigenous individuals who are struggling to pay their rent and are considered to be in housing need, specifically those who are spending more than 35% of their income on rent. 

It's important to note that the program does not cover expenses such as rental arrears, utilities, and mortgage payments. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that their rent is paid moving forward. The program will run until March 31, 2023, and eligible applicants can receive up to a maximum of $500 per month in assistance.

How it Works

  1. Download and submit the application.
  2. The Giwetashkad team will review your documents. 
  3. If eligible, you will be provided with a one-time payment.

Example 1: An applicant has a gross monthly income of $1,400.00.$1400 x 0.35 (35%) = $490.00; therefore, this applicant should be paying $490.00 for rent.

Example 2: An applicant has a gross monthly income of $1,200.00. The co-applicant has a gross monthly income of $800.00.

$1200 + $800 = $2.000.00; this is the gross household’s monthly income.

$2000 x 0.35 (35%) = $700.00; therefore, this household should be paying $700.00 for rent.

More on how to calculate rent supplement here

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if:

  • You are Indigenous or a self-identifying Indigenous person.
  • You are not already receiving a rental supplement.
  • Your rent expense is more than 35% of your income

Requirements

Attach the following to your application:

  • Photo I.D. 
  • Current Lease Agreement
  • 3 months of Rent Receipts
  • Proof of Income

Note: If you have just started a new lease, make sure to provide the first month receipt, a letter of intent to rent, or a letter from the landlord. If you are planning to move into a new place, you can still apply and submit the signed lease agreement or a letter from the landlord after you move in. 

Get the Support You Need Today

Don't wait, apply now and see if you qualify for financial assistance.

SUBMIT BY EMAIL

Email your completed application with the required documents to giwetashkad@atlohsa.com. Include 'Rent Supplement Application' in the subject line.

SUBMIT BY MAIL

Attn: Wiiji’iwewin Program
Atlohsa Family Healing Services
343 Richmond St., Suite 109
London, ON, N6A 3C2

Hurry! Deadline for applications is February 10, 2023.