Startling Facts about Housing & Homelessness in the Kingston Community
Ryandale Shelter acknowledges a local reality in which a lack of affordable housing, low vacancy rates, and increasing post-secondary student demand on housing create a scenario in which the average person may struggle to secure permanent housing in Kingston. These individuals and families rely on local shelters and support services as a gateway to their basic human right to an adequate standard of living, including housing.
- The average cost of one month’s rent in Kingston for a 2-bedroom unit is $1005, the fourth highest average rent in Ontario.
- 30% of Kingston & area households earn less than $40,000, the minimum income required to afford an average, 2-bedroom unit in the city.
- In 2012, the number of times shelter beds were used in Kingston increased to over 20,000 total bed nights, representing 818 individuals who sought formal shelter and support.
- 54 months is the average wait time for social housing in Kingston. That’s 4 1/2 years!
- 15% of Kingston’s population lives below the low income cut-off (LICO), a threshold below which families are likely to devote a significantly larger portion of their income to the necessities of food, shelter, and clothing than the average family. The number of households living below the LICO, and thereby at increased risk of homelessness, is growing in Kingston.
- Kingston’s vacancy rate, or the percentage of all rental units that remain unoccupied or not rented, was 1.7% in 2012. This rate is below the provincial average of 2.5% and further below the “healthy vacancy rate” considered to be 3%.
- The federal government has designated Kingston as a community with a demonstrable and significant problem of homelessness (see the Homelessness Partnering Strategy).