The city is gearing up to test an innovative way to combat homelessness and unstable housing in Kingston.

As the vacancy rate in Kingston reaches an alarming low and the cost of renting continues to increase, the city is introducing a new pilot program called Portable Housing Benefits to help alleviate the cost of housing.

Earlier this year, the 2017 Housing and Homelessness report showed that the vacancy rate in Kingston had reached a startling 0.7 per cent. Vacancy rates are the number of houses in the city that are available for people to move into, with a healthy vacancy rate considered to be around three per cent.