Non-Government Housing Program

About Non-Government Housing Program

Even though Federal and Provincial housing development funding for new housing stopped in 1993 and 1995 respectively, Brantford Native Housing has continued to address the affordable housing needs of the Native community. Since 1998, Brantford Native Housing has been adding properties to our portfolio. With these owned properties, BNH has been renting out units to households in need of affordable living solutions. 
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Admission Process

Understanding the admission process into our Non-Government Housing Program
1

Apply

Fill in the BNH Application and submit it to the Community Relations Manager (CRM). Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be added to the waiting list and required to provide updates every 6 months. Failure to do so will place your application at the bottom of the waiting list. Once your name gets closer to the top of the list and units become available, you will be contacted to come in for a screening process.
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Screening Interview

The screening process is an interview where we get to know the applicants and review your application and supporting documentation (landlord references, financial information, ID, etc.) Once this step is completed, we schedule a viewing of the unit. Further, we present you with an Offer Letter. You will receive only one offer. If you choose to refuse it, your application will be go at the back of the waiting list. If you accept, then we will proceed with the final step.
3

Utilities Set-Up

This last step requires getting your utilities set up to the new address, acquiring tenant insurance, purchasing your appliances, and providing first and last rent. Once all the above are complete, we schedule a move-in inspection, sign the lease agreement, and get your keys.
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Apply for the Non-Government Housing Program

Click the link below to download and submit your application for the Non-Government Housing Program.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Looking for answers? Read our frequently asked questions below. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to call our office directly.

  • I am in immediate need of housing; does BNH offer emergency housing?

    No. BNH does not provide emergency housing; tenants are selected on a first come first served basis according to the date they applied. The wait is dependent on which type of housing you are waiting for because we do have some affordable market rent units as well as subsidized units.

  • What if I have a complaint?

    Brantford Native Housing (BNH) respects the right of children, youth, adults, families and caregivers to be heard, informed and involved in decision-making in matters affecting them. In keeping with this, all clients of BNH’s programs and services have the right to grieve or complain about any BNH decisions impacting their lives.

    Clients will be informed of BNH’s grievance procedure as part of their orientation to Brantford Native Housing programs and services.

    Allegations of misconduct, poor practice, or violation of clients’ rights by BNH personnel are to be reported to the program supervisor without delay. Complaints of physical or sexual abuse of children are to be reported to the Children’s Aid Society, and where required, the police. All other complaints will be investigated by the Executive Director. Contact BNH at 519-756-2205

  • How do I update my application?

    You can call BNH and speak with the Community Relations Manager to provide updates and check your status on the waiting list. We cannot provide a precise time as to how long you will have to wait to be offered a unit, as the vacancy rate is unpredictable.

  • Will I be contacted before my application is removed from the waitlist?

    No. Any applicant who has not provided updates will be removed from the waiting list. BNH sends a reminder letter asking you to provide an update. Failure to respond to the letter will result in your name being removed from the waiting list.

  • How often should I update my application?

    To make sure your application remains active on our waiting list, you MUST contact BNH every six (6) months or immediately when your address, contact information or household size, composition or income has changed.

  • If I am removed from the waitlist, can I get back on with an update?

    If you have been removed from the waiting list, you must re-apply and your application will be placed at the bottom of the list. The date of your re-application will be your new application date.

  • Can I call BNH to check the status of my application?

    Yes. Applicants can call and speak with the Community Relations Manager to ensure your application was received and processed.

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