Program Background

Socially assisted housing is a growing concern in all municipalities across Canada, and around the world. The current support programs are struggling to keep up with demand, as the lack of affordable housing continues to be a concern. It is becoming more difficult for traditional housing to be offered "affordable" as the base costs of acquiring, construction or renovation of sites continues to increase. The costs of the current programs will continue to grow and without a new approach, the cost to the citizens in each municipality will only become more of a burden.

The Tiny Town Association’s ARTO Program proposes a new plan that tackles these issues. Our Program can address the current needs and can lessen the burden on taxpayers, by reducing the reliance on social programs into the future.

ARTO stands for our Affordable Rent To Own Program and provides a means for singles, couples and young families with 1-2 children to rent a home that they can own through community service hours. Rents are affordable in all regions under the Ontario Ministry Municipal Affairs/Ministry of Housing - Allowable Average Rent Per Unit rates across all Service Manager Areas and allow Program participants to own their own home by providing 3,840 community service hours (32hrs/month over 10 years).