Emergency Funds

Homelessness Prevention Funds

Low-income residents of Peterborough City and County may be able to apply for one-time grants to find or keep housing. This assistance is limited, and depends on funds being available. Applicants will need to meet the eligibility criteria set by the funds and are required to provide documentation to verify their eligibility. The application process will be different depending on the fund type and the agency completing the application. There is no guarantee of assistance with any application for homelessness prevention funds.

Please see below for a list of eligible expenses and which programs to contact.

Eligible Expenses for Fund Assistance
Purpose Fund Income Limit Maximum Funds Available Access Limits Contact
Electricity portion of arrears – Peterborough Utilities Low Income Energy Support Program Low Income
Measure (LIM) $500
 or $600 with electric heating Once per Year (If you receive social assistance, OW or ODSP), Please contact Social Services first: 705-743-8830) Housing Resource Centre

705-743-2272

Hydro arrears – 
Hydro One Low Income Energy Support Program Low Income
Measure (LIM) $500 or $600 electric heating Once per Year United Way Simcoe

1-855-487-5327

Gas portion of Enbridge arrears Low Income Energy Support Program – Enbridge Low Income
Measure (LIM) $500 Once per Year United Way Simcoe

1-855-487-5327

Rent arrears, Utility arrears, Last Month’s Rent, Moving Costs and Bed HRC Housing Stability Fund Low Income +15% $1200 Single, $2000 Family
Max amounts once per year
Low income household not receiving Social Assistance. Housing Resource Centre

705-743-2272

Rent arrears, Utility arrears, Last Month’s Rent, Moving Costs and Bed Social Services Housing Stability Fund Ontario Works or ODSP $700 Single, $1300 Family Contact Social Services for more information. Contact Social Services

705-743-8830

Electricity, water and sewer portions of PUS arrears Fund for Utility Service Emergencies Low Income Measure
(LIM) $500 Once per Year Housing Resource Centre

705-743-2272

Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) – 

Hydro One and Peterborough Utilities Monthly credit on your hydro bill Low Income Measure
(LIM) $30-$50 monthly; depending on family size and income Reapply every 2- 5 years depending on household Housing Resource Centre

705-743-2272

Electricity Deposit Removal

 – Hydro One and Peterborough Utilities Removal of your electricity deposit Low Income Measure (LIM) Dependent on deposit Amount Reapply every time your account information changes or you move Housing Resource CentreOESP

705-743-2272