John Howard Society of Durham Region

Housing Services

If You Are Experiencing Any of the Following:

  • Facing the threat of eviction
  • Unable to find or secure adequate housing
  • Unsure of your rights/obligations as a renter
  • Unsure of your rights/obligations as a landlord
  • Homeless
  • No income
  • Unable to pay your rent or heating bill
  • Unable to manage your money
  • Lost your personal identification
  • In need of an advocate
  • Just released from prison and do not have your personal possessions/I.D.
  • No transportation to look for house



Accessing the Program

OSHAWA: Please call 905-579-8482 to book an appointment, or you may stop in to the office to book an appointment time.

Whitby : Please call 905-579-8482 to book an appointment to see a worker in the Whitby Office

BOWMANVILLE: Call 905-623-6814 to book an appointment.

Free Services Include:

  • Assist with preventing eviction through mediation/advocacy with landlords
  • Information/advice on the Residential Tenancy Act for both tenants and landlords (your rights/obligations)
  • Will accompany tenant to the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal
  • Provide assistance and support in finding housing
  • Provide access to Stability Funds to cover rent and energy arrears and other funds
  • Assists with filling out rental applications for market and “rent geared to income” housing
  • I.D. replacement Clinic, applications for birth certificates for all parts of Canada
  • Post-inmate release assistance
  • Advocacy and referral with Ontario Works/ODSP and other agencies as required
  • Referral to emergency housing if you are homeless or about to be
  • Referrals to out of town emergency hostels
  • Transportation for housing searches (* when funds are available)
  • Locating food banks in Durham Region
  • Referrals to other community resources
  • Resource material

Workshops/presentations available upon request for:

  • Eviction Prevention
  • Budgeting
  • Homelessness
  • How to search for housing