Affordable Housing Program Applications Open for 2023

Do you know what housing programs you qualify for? Residents of Kingston and Frontenac County are invited to apply for three programs aimed at helping make home ownership more affordable:

  • Become a homeowner with down payment assistance from the Home Ownership Program. 

  • Improve the accessibility of your home or complete urgent repairs with support from the Kingston-Frontenac Renovates Program. 

  • Add a secondary suite with the Second Residential Unit Affordable Housing Grant Program (Kingston residents only). 

Home Ownership Program: Down payment assistance 
The Home Ownership Program helps Kingston and County of Frontenac renters with low-to-moderate incomes purchase a home by offering down payment assistance up to a maximum of 10 per cent off the purchase price. Eligible program participants must be currently renting a self-contained dwelling unit that will be re-rented following the purchase of a home.   

Kingston-Frontenac Renovates:  Home improvement assistance 
The Kingston Frontenac Renovates program offers low-to-moderate income homeowners up to $15,000 for emergency repairs and renovations that make their home accessible. Eligible repairs may include, but are not limited to, furnace or window replacement, roof repair or replacement and accessibility ramp or lift installations. 

Second Residential Unit Affordable Housing Grant Program 
To complement existing affordable housing programs available within the City, the Second Residential Unit Affordable Housing Grant Program  provides a forgivable loan of the lesser of $15,000 or 75% of the costs associated with developing a second residential unit.   

“In addition to the City’s ongoing work to alleviate homelessness and the development of new affordable housing, the affordable housing programs available to homeowners and prospective homeowners demonstrates the broad range of housing programs available in the community,” says Ruth Noordegraaf, Director of Housing and Social Services.

How To Apply 
Homeowners – or soon-to-be homeowners – can find eligibility criteria and application forms for the programs at  Kingston-Frontenac Renovates and Secondary Suite applications are now being accepted and Home Ownership applications will be accepted starting March 15. Funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications may be submitted: 

  • By mail to City of Kingston, Housing and Social Services at 362 Montreal St., Kingston, Ont., K7K 3H5 

  • In person to main reception on the second floor at 362 Montreal St. 

Please email questions to Ho[email protected] or call 613-546-2695, ext. 4949.