Midaynta’s Housing Program serves low-income individuals and families who face many barriers and challenges in finding and maintaining appropriate and affordable housing and who are struggling to pay their rent. Midaynta Community Services is continuing to strengthen effective services delivery that will meet the varied and unique needs of our clients.
In this program, we adopt a holistic approach and look at a number of issues, such as the number of children, financial status and neighbourhood, health and mental health, all of which tend to have a negative impact on our clients’ housing status. While we serve everyone who needs the service, the main emphasis of the program is to provide culturally sensitive assistance to prevent homelessness in the Somali Community. Services also include assisting clients with Access to Housing application, assistance to find and maintain affordable housing, share information about housing/rental opportunities, referral, eviction prevention by advocating on behalf of clients at Land Lord and Tenant Board Court, housing stabilization and counseling, mentoring programs and peer-support initiatives. In order to provide appropriate support to clients, we work in collaboration with a number of other services providers including Toronto Community Housing and Access to housing/Housing Connections. We encourage home ownership when it is possible, as we aim for our client to fully integrate into society.