5 steps to submit an application for subsidized housing
1 Have you checked your eligibility?
2 Obtain the application form
You can obtain the application form in any of the following ways:
3 Fill out the form and sign it
4 Include the following documents with your application:
- Proof of residency for the past two years, including copies of your current and former leases;
- Proof of Canadian citizenship or your immigrant status;
- and, for each adult who will reside in the low-rent housing:
- either a copy of that person’s latest notice of assessment from Revenu Québec;
- or, if this is not available, a copy of that person’s latest tax return to Revenu Québec and all tax statements received (T4, T4A, Relevé 1, etc.).
5 Send the application and attachments to us by mail or bring them in person to:
Housing Applications and Reference Department
415, rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, bureau 202
Types of housing
Low-rent housing is the most important and most popular of the subsidized housing programs. Even though the OMHM has almost 21, 000 low-rent housing units, waiting lists are still extensive.
But there are other options to low-rent housing, including:
- Rent Supplement Programs (PSL), which offer subsidized housing;
- affordable housing for people living alone and families;
- for seniors, the OMHM offers residences with services.
For low-rent housing and PSL programs, tenants pay a rent equivalent to 25% of the household income. Low-rent housing is managed by the OMHM. Housing that is part of the PSL programs may be managed by the OMHM, by a housing coop or by a private landlord.
For low-rent housing and PSL programs, you must meet the seven (7) eligibility criteria. Your application will be assessed by a tenant selection committee.
Please note that, if you are a victim of domestic violence or if you are mobility-impaired, you may not be required to meet criterion 2.
Please refer to the Low rent Housing in Montreal leaflet for further information.
When you fill out an application for OMHM subsidized housing, it is valid for both low-rent housing and PSL housing. You do not have to submit a separate application for both types of housing.
To be allocated housing as part of the rent supplement program (PSL) in a coop or a not-for-profit organization, please apply directly to such organizations.
Affordable housing is housing that is offered below market price, either in one- to four-bedroom apartments or studios. They are managed by the OMHM.
Even if your income is higher than that stated in criterion 5, you may be eligible for OMHM affordable housing if you meet criteria 1, 3, 6 and 7. For further information about renting a low-rent housing unit, please contact our affordable housing management department, phone: 514 483-4118, during regular office hours.
Residences with services for seniors
These residences are managed by the OMHM. Rent includes:
- hot water,
- one meal a day,
- cable and telephone,
- leisure activities.
Q&A for housing applicants
I’d like information on affordable housing for seniors.
You can obtain more information about our residences with services for seniors at: www.residencesenharmonie.qc.ca.
How can I check the availability of family-sized affordable housing?
You can check our offer of affordable housing, which is updated regularly, on this website, in the Available housing section. You can also contact us by phone at 514-483-4118.
How do I send you documents requested by the Housing Application Department representatives?
You can mail them to us or drop them off at the reception at our head office, located at 415, rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, bureau 202, Montréal (Québec) H2Z 1H8. You can also fax them to 514-868-5966.
I’ve been waiting for a long time for a low-rent apartment. Is there any way I can speed up my application?
Your place on the eligibility list is valid for one year. Keep your application valid by renewing it each year and updating it whenever there is a change in the composition of your household. You must also report any change in your eligibility information, including a change of address or telephone number.
Can I change my choice of boroughs?
Please call our Housing Application Department at 514-868-5588 about any change in your file or come to the counter at our head office to meet with a rental officer.
How do I change my address or phone number in my application for low-rent housing?
For any changes in your file, please call our Housing Application Department at 514-868-5588, send an email by clicking here or come to the counter at our head office to meet with a rental officer.
Can I get a subsidy for my apartment?
Some tenants can get a subsidy under the Allocation-logement program. However, others, including those living in low-rent units, are not eligible for it. Please check the Québec Government’s Allocation-logement program site for more information on this topic.
How can I find out my position on the waiting list?
You can check your position online, by selected borough, by clicking the “Check Your Eligibility List Position Online” tab of the Housing Application section. You will need to enter your reference number. Positions are updated each month following Selection Committee meetings.