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.
Who do we support?
- ·Couples with children/ without children
- Single parents
- We support people who have status in Canada
- We serve anyone who resides in Toronto
What kind of support do we provide?
- We assist clients to find and maintain affordable housing
- We help clients to search apartment vacancy lists
- We assist clients in applying to social housing with Access to housing/Housing Connections
- We provide Eviction Prevention Services
- We refer clients to legal clinic if they need legal advice
- We accompany clients to court if they are facing eviction
- We provide mediation services between landlords and clients
- We provide culturally appropriate services to Somali/East African clients
- We do follow ups after six months to make sure clients are maintain housing
- We provide referrals to clients for other inter-connected services
- We try to meet the needs of our clients