Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation was developed as a result of the growing awareness of the need to meet the housing requirements of senior citizens, the physically and mentally challenged, and family households whose shelter needs were not being met by the private sector. Given the need for low cost rental housing, which could be produced through capital and operating subsidies available from senior levels of government, the Region created a municipal non-profit housing corporation with a mandate to provide accommodation for special needs groups where other housing alternatives were not available. On January 24, 1985, the Province of Ontario issued Letters Patent creating the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation.
Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation is an arm’s length corporation of the Regional Municipality of Durham governed by a Board of Directors appointed by Regional Council.
The Corporation is managed by the Executive Director who reports to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for the human, financial, and facility management and program implementation of the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation.
The Corporation currently owns and manages 18 sites throughout the Durham Region, with the exception of the municipalities of Ajax and Scugog. The portfolio ranges from an 8 unit walkup in Sunderland to a 115 unit townhouse complex in Pickering. Sites range from townhouse to walkup to high rise with various combinations thereof. Tenant mix is a majority of families with several sites marketed to seniors, singles and the frail elderly. There is also a mix of market rent units and subsidized units for individuals requiring rent geared to their income. Applicants for subsidized units are obtained from the centralized waiting list. Sites are managed by Property Managers with the assistance of on-site Superintendents at the majority of locations.