About the Project
There are various forms of housing assistance programs for low-income households, ranging from designated affordable housing units to portable housing subsidies. Historically, housing assistance in Canada has been offered through unit-based programming, such as social housing managed by governments or non-profit housing organizations. Recipients of these programs rarely have much choice over where they live, often having to accept units that become available after lengthy waits. If the recipient moves out of their unit, their benefit ends. Thus, these programs are thought of as non-portable.
With the introduction of the Canada Housing Benefit (CHB), provinces and territories across Canada will be offering a portable direct-to-tenant housing subsidy, a form of housing assistance in which funds will be provided directly to the tenant. This new benefit is part of the National Housing Strategy (https://www.placetocallhome.ca/). The CHB allows a recipient to use the subsidy to help pay for a unit in private rental market, thereby reducing the proportion of their income spent on housing. If the CHB recipient decides to move, they are able to apply that benefit to their next unit of residence. Thus, this kind of benefit is considered portable.