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 transporation to look for house

Online Rental Listings for Durham Region

This service link below is provided by Community Development Council Durham for you to check out rental options in the region online.

CDCD Rental Listing


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