Hamilton

Hamilton, ON
Hamilton, Ontario on a map
  • Population: 747,545(2016)
  • Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (August 2017)
  • Minimum Wage: $11.60/hr (October 2017)
  • Total Number of Shelters: 6(2016)
  • Total Number of Beds: 455(2016)
  • Number of beds for women and children fleeing violence: 114(2011)

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS

  • No. of individuals estimated to use emergency shelters (annually): 2,808 (2015)
  • No. of households living in core housing need: 30,640 (2011)
  • Households accessing foodbanks: 10,443 (2011)
  • No. of supportive housing beds: 24 (2007)
  • No. of those experiencing chronic homelessness: 346 (75%) (2016)

HOUSING

  • Number of social housing units: 14,600 (2016)
  • Households on housing waiting list (#): 5,763 (2016)
  • Estimated time on affordable housing waitlist before being housed: 19 months (2011)
  • No. of households in core housing need: 26,115 (2011)
  • Total percentage of households in core housing need: 13.4% (2011)
  • 1-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 3.5% (2016)
  • 2-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 3.4% (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (bachelor): $673/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (1 bdrm): $869/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (2 bdrm): $1,037/mo. (2016)
  • 20,000 Homes Campaign- People without permanent housing: 454 (April 2015)

INDIGENOUS DATA

  • Percentage of Aboriginal households in core housing need: 24.9% (2011)
  • Percentage of individuals surveyed in PiT count identifying as Aboriginal or having Aboriginal ancestry: 28% (2016)
  • Aboriginal Point-in-Time Count: 131 people without permanent housing (February 2015)
  • Number of homeless individuals identifying as Aboriginal or having Aboriginal Ancestry: 142 (2016)

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Income assistance for renters/home owners (single person/mo.): ​$706 (2016)
  • Average monthly number of Ontario Works caseloads (people drawing social assistance): 12,819 (2016)