Housing is a priority if we want to tackle other issues such as mental health, addiction and unemployment. VHA Home Healthcare’s Extreme Clean program does exactly that. An innovative homelessness prevention program, Extreme Clean addresses the immediate and long-term needs of marginalized individuals and families faced with eviction and homelessness. By cleaning, educating and connecting their clients with the outreach services they need, Extreme Clean is helping keep individuals and families off the street.

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Affrodable Housing

The average wait time for social or affordable housing for a family in 2013 was 1.5 years. (City of London)

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Though London boasts some of the most affordable housing for buyers, there is a high proportion of Londoners who spend more than 30% of their income on rent. Moreover, for many receiving support from Ontario Works, more than half of their income can be spent on rent! Though wait times for affordable housing are improving, we still have a lot of work to do.

Housing Affordability

  • In 2013, the average rent for a bachelor apartment in London was $582, which is equal to 96% of the Ontario Works cheque for a single adult. (The London Plan)
  • Forty-five percent of tenant households spend 30% or more of their gross monthly income on rent. (The London Plan)

Affordable Housing

  • Between 2005 and 2013, the City of London helped create 1,288 new affordable rental homes in 45 housing projects. (Ontario Non-profit Housing Association)
  • In 2013, 2,341 households were waiting for rent-geared-to-income housing in London. This is a 7.8% increase from 2012. (Ontario Non-profit Housing Association)

London & St. Thomas Average Housing Prices 2014 (YTD) (London St Thomas Association of Realtors)

  • Detached - $271,219
  • Condo - $183, 359
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