Civida helps people find affordable housing

Affordable Housing Options

Community Housing

Community Housing provides subsidized housing to people with lower incomes.

  • You pay rent based on a percentage of your income.
  • You live in a Civida home.
  • You are placed on a priority list using a point scoring system. It is not first come, first served.
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Near Market Housing

Near Market Housing provides subsidized housing to people with moderate incomes.

  • You pay rent that is 10-20 per cent below current market rental rates.
  • You live in a Civida home.
  • There is no priority list or point scoring for Near Market Housing like there is for Community Housing.
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Mixed Income Housing

Mixed Income Housing is designed to have a diverse group of tenants with different income levels, all living in the same building.

  • You pay rent based on a percentage of your income. The amount of rent you pay depends on your gross monthly household income.
  • You live in a Civida home.
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Student Housing

The suites in our Near Market Housing program can be a great option for post-secondary students.

  • Located throughout the city, near services and amenities including public transit, parks, post-secondary institutions and shopping.
  • Newer buildings, many built within the last 10-20 years, with modern design and floor plans.
  • Various suite sizes, from bachelor to three-bedroom.
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Rent Assistance Benefit

Rent Assistance Benefit is a long-term subsidy paid directly to families and individuals to help pay their rent with a private landlord.

  • Rent is based on household income and local market rent.
  • Long-term benefit
  • Paid directly to tenants
  • Tenants live in private rental homes, not Civida homes.
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Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit

Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit is a short-term subsidy paid directly to families and individuals to help pay their rent with a private landlord.

  • Rent is based on household income and local market rent.
  • Two-year benefit
  • Paid directly to tenants
  • Tenants live in private rental homes, not Civida homes.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Get answers to questions you may have about applying to Civida Housing Programs.