The wait for government assisted housing in Halton Region, “like in other communities across Ontario, can often take a number of years,” Hunter said.

Wait times for government assisted housing are determined by the number of properties and communities selected by applicants.

Provincial legislation doesn’t mandate a minimum number of properties and communities to be selected at the time of application.

“As a result there are a number of applicants for Halton Region’s Access to Community Housing (HATCH) waitlist that have only selected one property,” said Hunter.

“In these circumstances, their wait time for housing is often considerably longer than applicants that select numerous properties and communities.