This program was previously known as the Domiciliary Hostel program and is now known as Housing with Support. The program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Housing but is administered by the local government regions, counties and cities. This program is part of the Province's effort to reduce homelessness and is know as CHPI (Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative).

The specification and standards of operating are similar to those of HSC’s and are largely based on the HSC’s operation manuals. In many cases, residents are long-term and the Homes become their home.

Payment is different to HSC in that payment is from the local municipality who set their own rates and method of payment. Some municipalities use a per diem rate; others have lump sum contracts.

These homes are exempt from the Residential Tenancies act, 2006; the Retirement Home Act of 2007 and are Income Tax exempt if the Home is the principal residence of the operator.

In many respects, these homes are operated in a very similar manner to the HSC’s. The major difference is the origin of the residents. They are placed through the various social services serving the different local municipalities as opposed to HSC`s where residents are provided by the Ministry of Health Long-Term Care.

Qualifications for owning and operating these homes are basically the same as for HSC’s – Vulnerable Persons Police Clearance and Basic First Aid and CPR.


Q. & A.

Q.   What qualifications does one need to own and operate an HSC?

A.   One must have a police clearance for Vulnerable Persons and a Basic First Aid certificate.

Q.   What qualifications are required for employees?

A.   No qualifications except for the Vulnerable Persons Police Clearance and Basic First Aid.

Q.   Do we need a nurse to administer the medications?

A.   No, because there is no dispensing of the medication; the medication comes in bubble
      packs clearly labeled with the residents’ name

Q.   How do I handle violent residents?

A.   Violent persons are not candidates for these types of homes. The Social Service workers
      who place residents will ensure all the residents are compatible

Q.   Do I have to be at the home all the time?

A.   No. As an owner your responsibility will be to ensure that a capable person is onsite all the
      time. However, many owners of smaller homes do work in the homes to save on labour
      costs and also because they enjoy the work of caring for vulnerable people



For more information on HWS's, review some of the links shown below: 

Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI)

Essex County housing with support

Ottawa housing with support

York Region Housing with Support

Domiciliary Hostel Survey 2009

Durham Region Housing with Support

Lanark County HWS

Hamilton HWS


Q&A for Vulnerable Persons Police Check

Online First Aide and CPR 

St Johns Ambulance First Aid courses

Community Care Access Centres - CCAC

Canadian Mental Health Association

Alzheimer Society Information

Ontario Works