Bruce County.

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Service: Human Services - Housing Services - Bruce County Housing Stability Fund

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Description (Service) COVID-19 Response 
As of August 4, 2020, the ban on disconnection for non-payment for natural gas and electricity has ended. Customer who were behind in payments prior to March should expect collection activities and disconnection notices in the following weeks.  
Utilities must let a customer know their account is overdue at least seven days prior to issuing a disconnection notice.  
Assistance with utility arrears is available through the usual programs (see below) 
In addition there is a special program available to those whose income has been affected by the pandemic. 
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP): for customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bills due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
* Available to consumers who have fallen behind by at least two billing cycles, but whose accounts were in good standing when provincial emergency was declared (Mar 17, 2020) 
* Available for those unemployed on the date they apply for funding, and have received Employment Insurance or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit since March 17, 2020 
* Provides electricity customers with up to $230 in support if they primarily use electricity for heating, or if they use energy-intensive medical devices, and up to $115 otherwise 
* Provides natural gas customers with up to $160 if they reside in Northern Ontario, and up to $80 if they reside elsewhere 
* Those who have received support from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) or the Ontario Electricity Support Program in the recent past are ineligible 
Applications will be available through the utility providers’ websites and will be accepted by email, mail, on-line application or by phone as of July 13, 2020. 
Customers will be credited on their utility account. 
For complete details and eligibility, contact your utility provider. 
Regular Service: 
Assists individuals, couples and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to secure affordable permanent housing in Bruce County 
This fund may be able to provide emergency financial assistance for the following depending on funding availability:  
* rent arrears  
* utility arrears  
* first or last month's rent  
* moving expenses
Service Details
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Bruce County
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant living in Bruce County 
Recipients of OW or ODSP as well as low income non social assistance households are eligible to apply to this fund 
Maximum after-tax household income: 
1 - 2 person(s) less than $28,000 
3 - 4 persons $28,001 - $39,000 
5 - 6 persons $39,001 - $48,000 
7 or more persons $48,001 - $52,000 
Households living in rent-geared-to-income housing are only able to apply for assistance with utility arrears 
All application funding requests will be assessed for their long term sustainability of permanent affordable housing * Funds will only be paid in advance, directly to vendors (ex landlords, utility companies and moving companies) * Not able to reimburse applicants after expenses have already been paid for
Application Click here to apply online 
Or fax, mail or drop off application to:  
Bruce County Housing  
Box 1450, 325 Lambton St, Kincardine, ON N2Z 2Z4  
Fax: 519-396-3499 
Or drop off application to local Social Services office: 
Walkerton - 30 Park St 
Port Elgin - 1243 MacKenzie Rd 
Wiarton - 268 Berford St 
If you have any questions or need to make other arrangements to pick up or send in an application please contact Bruce County Housing
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Kincardine (Town of)
Address & Map
325 Lambton St
Kincardine, ON N2Z 2Z4
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Intersection Lambton St and Queen St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact information
Office Phone 519-396-3439
Toll Free Phone 1-800-265-3022
Fax 519-396-3499
Primary Contact Carolyn Parks, Community Support Coordinator; Phone: (Business) 519-396-3450 * (Business) 1-877-396-3450
Alternate Contact Tania Dickson, Administrator, Housing Services; Phone: (Business) 519-396-3450 * (Business) 1-877-396-3450
Mailing Address Box 1450 
Kincardine, ON N2Z 2Z4
CWD_NEWHUB_HEADINGGROUPS Child, Youth & Family ; Financial Assistance ; Housing
CWD_NEWHUB_HEADINGS Financial Assistance Programs ; Rent & Housing Assistance ; Rent & Housing Payment Assistance ; Utility Assistance ; Utility Payment Assistance

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