Apply to become a member at Kingston Co-operative Homes.
Kingston Co-operative Homes is comprised of 102 townhouses and a co-op office. It was built in three phases:
Phase One, which includes 86 two, three and four bedroom homes was built in 1985; Phase Two, which includes 8 one bedroom homes was built in 1994; and
Phase Three, which includes 8 one bedroom homes was built in 2016.
How to Apply
Applicants for Phase One: Applicants, may apply directly to our Co-op office at unit 14-1338 Princess St. from 1-5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, OR call (613) 544-3873 and ask to have an application form sent in the mail. Those seeking housing subsidy should apply through the Social Housing Registry at 362 Montreal St, Kingston, ON, or Inquire by phone at 613-546-2695.
About half of our membership in Phase One pay the full housing charge (rent) and the other half receive a federal housing subsidy. The basic financial criteria for subsidy eligibility is that your housing charge should not exceed 30% of your gross (before tax) income. There is a limited amount of subsidy available, and it is not unusual for applicants to wait over a year for a vacancy offering subsidy.
Applicants for Phase Two must apply through the Social Housing Registry at:
613-546-2695. Our one bedroom homes provide housing only for members who qualify for a municipal housing subsidy. The basic financial criteria for subsidy eligibility is that your housing charge should not exceed 30% of your gross (before tax) income.
Applicants for Phase Three must apply through the Social Housing Registry at:
613-546-2695. These one bedroom homes provide low-rent housing for members whose income is less than City of Kingston Housing Income Limits (HILs).
List of the Housing Charges for our homes as of May 2017:
|1 bedroom||Phase 2 (upper or lower)||$RGI/$770|
|1 bedroom||Phase 3 (upper or lower)||$475.00|
|2 bedroom Upper||(2 story)||$724.00|
|2 bedroom Lower||(1 level)||$790.00|
|3 bedroom||(2 story)||$828.00|
|3 bedroom||(3 story with garage)||$946.00|
|4 bedroom||(3 story with garage)||$984.00|
A maintenance deposit equivalent to one full months’ housing charge which is payable before you move in. This is refunded when you move out and after the home is inspected minus any damages or charges. ( Note: The co-op is governed under the Co-operative Corporations Act, not the Tenant Protection Act of Ontario). The first months’ housing charge is payable when you move in; the last months’ housing charge is paid in the last month of your occupancy. Housing charges are effective as of May of each year and may rise depending upon the costs of our vacancies, property tax increases, water, maintenance and capital replacements.
This is a not-for-profit, providing housing at cost. As co-owners, we do not pay ‘rent’.
The monthly housing charges are decided upon by the co-op members at al General Members’ Meeting.
When your application is received, and if we have a vacancy, you will be asked to come into the co-op for a membership interview. Our membership committee will have two people to interview you and your family and provide information about the co-op in order for you and the co-op to decide if this is the right place for you to live. If you are selected, and after you move in, you will be assigned a duty by the Participation Committee, which will try to accomodate your personal interest or experience. There will also be an orientation session, which consists of videos and an informal talk by members about our co-op and co-ops in general. It is a way to get to know more about your new community and to get to know some of your neighbours.Other Housing Resources in KingstonThe Kingston area offers a variety of housing help services. For information on housing and other community services contact the Social Housing Registry of Kingston and the Islands at 613-546-2695 or the Housing Help Centre at 613-531-3779.