We are a group of Rooming House tenants fighting for legal affordable homes in our neighborhoods in the City of Toronto.
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What is a Rooming House?
A rooming house is defined as a dwelling in which a number of individuals share the common facilities within that particular dwelling. This means that a single individual or more may rent a room in a house, apartment or condo and be required to share the bathroom kitchen and other common living areas.
Why are Rooming Houses important?
Rooming houses provide Toronto’s most vulnerable citizens with the means to live in a semi- permanent dwelling other than that of a hostel or shelter. It is a form of affordable housing for those who have little to limited incomes. With the increase in the cost of living Rooming Houses provide one of the only safe alternatives for these individuals.
Who are in need of the Rooming
Rooming houses are used by people in all walks of life. In particular those most likely to use Rooming houses are Students, New Immigrants and those with Physical/Mental Disabilities. In particular these groups of people face the toughest times finding the necessary funds to rent even an apartment. According to one site the average rate to rent a bachelor apartment in Toronto is over $770 dollars while the average allowance for a single person on social assistance is around $300.
Currently there is not much research being done on Rooming houses. However, there are a number of city reports that support the increased presence of rooming houses.
- (The Golden Report in 1999 through the future Options study 2004 )
- The 2008 study Shared Accommodation in Toronto, points out that there are over 165,000 low income single adults in Toronto.
- Recently, The Ontario Human Rights Commission issues its RIGHT AT HOME report. It includes mention of rooming houses as important in providing adequate affordable housing to all.