Assessing and ranking applications and waiting lists

Check your eligibility list position online

To determine your current position by city and borough, please:

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Waiting list lengths and the process of assessing and ranking applications vary depending on the type of housing you are looking for.

Low-rent housing

Some 25,000 households would like to move into OMHM housing, but only 2,000 units become available each year.

Studying applications

The OMHM begins by assessing every eligible application to determine its ranking on the various waiting lists for different housing categories (families, couples, people living alone, seniors or people in wheelchairs), the borough, and the required size.

Ranking

Ranking is calculated on the basis of a points system defined in the Government of Québec's By-law respecting the allocation of dwellings in low rental housing (R.S.Q., c. S-8, r. 1). In particular, these criteria include household income and number of children.

Waiting lists

Once the application has been accepted by the selection committee, it is placed on the waiting list corresponding to the applicant's situation. Since over 25,000 households are already on these waiting lists, the wait for a new home can range from a few months to several years. It depends on various factors, such as the number of households waiting, the category and size of the home needed, the points obtained, etc.

Prioritizing emergencies

Priority will be given to households that meet eligibility criteria and that have been forced from their homes because of one of the following situations:

  • A disaster making the home unfit for habitation
  • As the result of a city by-law declaring the apartment unfit for habitation
  • A member of the household is a victim of violence and no longer safe in the home
  • An expropriation

Affordable housing

For buildings built under the Logement abordable Québec (LAQ) program, the tenant selection process is based on application seniority.

Evaluating the application

The application is evaluated according to eligibility conditions.

Ranking

  • The seniority of applicants who are already public housing tenants or who appear on a public housing waiting list is based on the apartment's occupancy date or the date the tenant was placed on the list.
  • The seniority of applicants who are not public housing tenants or are on a public housing waiting list is based on the date the application is received.
  • Applicants who live in a borough where affordable housing is being built are credited with three additional years of seniority.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists vary by neighbourhood, apartment size, and number of apartments that become available.

The OMHM retains the contact information of households that apply for housing, even if it is not possible to offer them the building they specifically requested. The OMHM contacts these households if other projects are underway or if apartments become available in the requested building or in other buildings.

Seniors residences

Applications for apartments in the ENHARMONIE network of residences with services are assessed on the basis of eligibility criteria.

For residences with services for seniors, tenants are usually selected nine months before building construction is complete, based on application seniority.

  • The seniority of applicants who are already public housing tenants or who appear on a public housing waiting list is based on the apartment's occupancy date or the date the tenant was placed on the list.
  • The seniority of applicants who are not public housing tenants or are on a public housing waiting list is based on the date the application is received.
  • Applicants who live in a borough where affordable housing is being built are credited with three additional years of seniority.

The OMHM retains the contact information of households that apply for housing, even if it is not possible to offer them the building they specifically requested. The OMHM contacts these households if other projects are underway or if apartments become available in the requested building or in other buildings.

Applications for the residences in greatest demand are based on the date the application was submitted. Apartments are, however, available in several residences in the network. Click here to visit the ENHARMONIE residences website and find out which apartments are available.

Rent supplement program (PSL)

Ranking

Ranking is calculated on the basis of a points system defined in the Government of Québec's By-law respecting the allocation of dwellings in low rental housing (R.S.Q., c. S-8, r. 1). In particular, these criteria include household income and number of children.

Waiting lists

Once the application has been accepted by the selection committee, it is placed on the waiting list corresponding to the applicant's situation. Since over 25,000 households are already on these waiting lists, the wait for a new home can range from a few months to several years. It depends on various factors, such as the number of households waiting, the category and size of the home needed, the points obtained, etc.

Prioritizing emergencies

Priority will be given to households that meet eligibility criteria and that have been forced from their homes because of one of the following situations:

  • A disaster making the home unfit for habitation
  • As the result of a city by-law declaring the apartment unfit for habitation
  • A member of the household is a victim of violence and no longer safe in the home
  • An expropriation

Other housing

The OMHM has been renting out standard (unsubsidized) units since 2007

These (3 1/2, 4 1/2, and 5 1/2 room) apartments can be rented to anyone, based on availability and demand. To visit or get more information, please contact:

Les immeubles Benny Farm
3800, avenue Benny, bureau 101
Montréal (Québec)  H4B 3A4
Tel.: 514-483-4118

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