The Housing Services Department provides housing assistance to over 2,000 residents of County of Lambton. In addition to administering the non-profit, co-operative, rent supplements and affordable housing programs. The Housing Services Department provides property management for 830 units owned by the Corporation.
Vision Mission Statement
Housing Advocacy and Trustee Program
If you, or someone you know, has concerns with retaining rental housing call the Community Support Worker of the Housing Advocacy and Trustee Program
HOW CAN THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER HELP ME?
The Community Support Worker's role is to provide outreach and counselling to tenants and their families and advocate on behalf of individuals to improve quality of life and maintain their housing.
THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER MAY PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WITH:
- Maintaining housing and preventing eviction
- Budgeting and Finances
- Completing forms (i.e. Canada Pension; ODSP; Housing Services)
- Mediating tenant issues and complaints
- Providing home visits to ensure the health and safety of tenants
- Hoarding issues and concerns
THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER MAY PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WITH ACCESSING:
- Referrals for voluntary trustee services to help with money management
- Health care supports
Financial supports and resources such as Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support, Canada Pension, Old Age Security, etc.
- Resources through agencies such as Canadian Mental Health Association, Family Counseling Center, Community Care Access, etc.
- Supports and advocacy to individuals and families who have:
- difficulty maintaining housing
- require support services
- experienced family violence
WHO CAN MAKE A REFERRAL TO THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER
Anyone can contact the Community Support Worker to discuss any concerns they might have, including:
No charge to tenants or their families. The Community Support Worker is funded by the Housing Advocacy and Trustee Program of the County of Lambton.
Call: 519 344-2062 ext 2174
Toll Free: 1-800-387-2882
Housing & Homelessness Plan 2014 - 2023
Under the Housing Services Act, 2011 the County of Lambton as Service Manager is required to have a plan to address housing and homelessness. The plan is intended to meet provincial priorities while also reflecting local needs.
The Housing & Homelessness Plan was approved by County Council on November 6, 2013. This is a high level strategic plan that addresses issues across the entire housing continuum (from homelessness shelters to market housing). Implementation will require collaboration by all levels of government and by local service agencies. Early in 2014 an implementation group comprised of a cross section of community representatives will be formed. This Implementation group will establish a means to seek additional community consultation on identifying priorities in order to formulate a work plan. The committee will also establish outcome measures in order to monitor and update the plan accordingly.
The County of Lambton is pleased to lead the implementation planning in order to make opportunities available that will enrich lives and build a thriving community.
Housing & Homelessness Plan 2014 - 2023
Affordable Housing Development
The County of Lambton at times is able to offer funding to not for profit and private developers for the creation of affordable housing units. In anticipation of additional capital funding through the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program the County of Lambton is seeking not for profit and private developers who may be interested in developing rental housing. Please see the Expression of Interest which explains the process and provides more detail.
Expressions of Interest to Develop Affordable Housing
For more information about the Housing Services Department, contact:
Kelly Hall, Manager
Housing Services Department
150 North Christina Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 8H3
Telephone: 519 344-2057 x2041
Fax: 519 344-2066