Kenora District Services Board

Site: Dryden Office

Service: Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative

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Description & Services
Public Comments Note: This program does not provide financial assistance to individuals living on a First Nations Reserve; individuals can contact their Band Office to inquire about rent or utility arrears
Description (Service) Assists individuals at risk of homelessness to remain housed through the following programs: 
  • Financial assistance for rental or mortgage arrears 
  • Financial assistance for energy or utility arrears 
  • Financial assistance for emergency home repairs 
  • Financial assistance for moving or household items (exceptional circumstances)
Hours Mon-Fri 8 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Kenora District
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
  • Residents of the District of Kenora 
  • Must be at or below Low Income Cut Off (LICO) + 15%  
  • Landlords/utility companies must agree to continue the tenancy and/or continue the service upon payment of the arrears 
  • Applicants must not be subject to any eviction proceedings for reasons other than rent arrears 
  • Applicants must indicate their intention to remain in their current accommodation for at least a further twelve (12) month period 
  • Successful applicants will be requested to repay the funds over a reasonable period of time
  • Rental arrears as long as rental unit is not subsidized, to a maximum of two months' rent 
  • Applicants must demonstrate that arrears are temporary and not chronic and that with assistance with clearing up the outstanding arrears, the applicant will be able to pay future rent 
  • This fund does not provide last month's rent 
  • Mortgage arrears are available up to 2 months with a maximum of $1,000
  • Individuals who have received a disconnection notice and/or require funding for reconnection costs of any utility service including water, sewer, oil, and wood 
  • In extenuating circumstances (flood, fire, victim of violence), utility and hydro deposits can be provided 
  • Amount of the outstanding arrears will be provided on a one time basis
  • Individuals whose dwellings require emergency repairs necessary in order to remain housed, to a maximum of $750 
  • Repairs could be to fix pipes, furnace, washer, dryer, fridge and stove
Other Items 
  • Individuals who have an emergency situation such as fire, flood and victims of violence who need to purchase necessary household items to a maximum of $750 
  • Moving expenses if it is necessary for the health and welfare of the person to leave the previous place of residence
  • Contact the local Kenora District Services Board office in Kenora, Sioux Lookout or Dryden to set up an appointment 
  • Individuals currently receiving Ontario Works or Ontario Disability supports should speak with their Case Manager directly to discuss rent/utility arrears as this may be handled through a different program
Required documentation 
  • Identification – Birth certificate or driver's licence 
  • Income verification for all family members (i.e. last 2 pay stubs, EI slips, pension slips, support orders, rental income) 
  • Asset information for all adult family members; last bank statement (all accounts), value of any investments 
  • Utility, gas, oil, water bills; disconnect notice, plus last bill 
  • Rent receipts or mortgage documentation, plus eviction notice 
  • Estimates for household repairs 
  • You may be required to provide verification of crisis situation
Languages English
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-223-2100
Toll Free Phone 1-800-461-5766
Fax 807-223-3397
Primary Contact Reception
Alternate Contact Manager of Integrated Social Services
Located In Community Dryden
Address 211 Princess St, Suite 1
Dryden, ON P8N 3L5
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Intersection Princess St and Colonization Ave S
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (20) Regional Government
Funding Provincial