Non-Profit Housing

Non-Profit Housing

Non-Profit Housing

The City of St. John’s Non-Profit Housing Division is responsible for the management of 563 residential rental units throughout the city. These houses and apartments vary in size from one to four-bedroom units and are available for rent to low income earners based on their family net income. Net income is defined as gross income minus mandatory income tax deduction, EI and CPP deductions.

The type of housing provided by the City ranges from a 65-unit apartment building on Hamilton Avenue to infill in the downtown core. While most of the housing provided by the City is in the Downtown area, we do provide housing as far east as Forest Road and as far west as Brookfield Road.
Housing provided by the City falls into three distinct categories:

  1. Lower End of Market Housing (LEMS)
  2. Rent Geared to Income (RGI)
  3. Affordable Housing

Lower End of Market Housing (LEMS)
The City of St. John’s operates 268 units which fall into this category. Tenants in this type of housing pay the lower end of market rent as determined annually by Newfoundland Labrador Housing, or 25% of their net income whichever is greater. Certain eligibility requirements are in place for the LEMS. Rents for these units depend on the number of bedrooms in the unit. A percentage of tenants in the LEMS are subsidized and the subsidy depends on the availability of funds. Usually 15 per cent of the units in each housing project receive a subsidy at any given time. Utility costs in the LEMS are the responsibility of the tenant.

The Lower End of Market rentals are located:

  • 30 Hamilton Avenue (64 two-bedroom apartments; 1 - one-bedroom)
  • 179-229 Forest Road (26 townhouses consisting of three-bedroom and four-bedroom)
  • Rawlin’s Cross (25 apartments consisting of one-bedroom and two-bedroom)
  • Fahey’s Row (off Cookstown Road) (5 - one-bedroom and 5 - three-bedroom)
  • 66-92 Alexander Street/131-153 Hamilton Avenue (24 semi-detached townhouses; three-bedroom and four-bedroom)
  • 2-16 Carnell Street/2-32 Larkin’s Square (four townhouses and 20 semi-detached town houses; three-bedroom and four-bedroom)
  • 65-79 Carter’s Hill/12-34 Goodview Street (20 apartments, three-bedroom and four-bedroom)
  • 1-29 Sebastian Court (next to City Hall) (29 townhouses, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom)
  • 15-39 Cuckhold’s Cove Road (13 three-bedroom town houses and semi-detached)

In addition to the above, there are 32 apartments/houses in the Infill Housing Program located in various areas throughout the City.

Rent Geared to Income (RGI)
The City of St. John’s operates 156 housing units which fall into this category. The RGI units are targeted specifically at individuals and families of low income. Rents in these units are based strictly on 25 per cent of net monthly income. Heat is included in the rent and there is a small surcharge for lights.

Persons in need of housing should submit their applications and a determination will be made as to their eligibility for this program. Generally, applications are placed on a waiting list and inspections will be carried out on applicant’s present accommodations.

The Rent Geared to Income Units are located:

  • 151-141 Hamlyn Road (26 semi-detached three and four-bedroom townhouses)
  • 1-19 Rockcrest Court (off Gear Street) (19 two and three-bedroom townhouses)
  • 1-15 Bastow Court/1-11 Mifflin Court (Brookfield Road) (26 townhouses – one, two and three bedrooms, four designated disabled)
  • 49-51 Cochrane Street (11 one-bedroom apartments for non-elderly singles)
  • 174 Campbell Avenue (11 one and two-bedroom apartments, three designated for disabled and eight designated for seniors)

An additional 63 apartments/houses are provided through Infill housing located in the downtown area.

Affordable Housing
The City of St. John's operates 52 affordable one-bedroom housing units in the Pleasantville and Convent Square areas. These units are for single individuals and seniors with an income of $32,500 or less upon move in.

To find out how this applies to you, please call 576-8196.

Applications for Accommodation can be obtained from our offices in the City Hall Annex or by calling (709) 576-8196.

For a full list of government guidelines and regulations with regards to renting a property in Newfoundland and Labrador, please see the residential tenancies section of the Service NL website. 

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has resources available for anyone intending to rent and has prepared a Guide to Renting a Home.

In addition the Newfoundland & Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) also provides rental housing for low income earners.