Kingston

Kingston, ON
Kingston, Ontario on a map

Population: 161,175 (2016)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (August 2017)
Minimum Wage: $11.60/hr (October 2017)
Total Number of Shelters: 5 (2016)
Total Number of Beds: 86 (2016)

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS

  • No. of individuals estimated to be living in shelter's (annually): 818 (2013)
  • No. of homeless by PiT Count: 137 (2016)

Of whom:

  • No. of people experiencing absolute homelessness (sleeping rough/emergency sheltered): 91 (2016)
  • Sheltered (emergency or domestic violence shelter/detox centre/hospital): 71 (51%) (2016)
  • Unsheltered (parks/tents/street): 20 (15%) (2016)
  • Staying in transitional housing: 46 (33%) (2016)
  • Percent surveyed (n=96) who were chronically homeless: 33.3% (2016)
  • Percent surveyed (n=96) who were episodically homeless: 14.6% (2016)
  • No. of people who used an emergency shelter in 2016: 687 (2016)

HOUSING

  • No. of rent-geared-to-income social housing units: 2,003 (2016)
  • No. of homeless system rent-supplement units: 56 (2016)
  • No. of additional rent-supplement units: 197 (2016
  • Households on housing waitlist (#): 1,115 ((2016)
  • Estimated time on affordable housing waitlist before being housed: 2.11 years avg (2013)
  • No. of applicants housed from waitlist: 168 (2016)
  • No. of households in core housing need: 6,875 (2011)
  • Total percentage of households in core housing need: 13.8% (2011)
  • 1-bedroom vacancy rate: 2.3% (2016)
  • 2-bedroom vacancy rate: 2.9% (2016)
  • Average cost of rent (bachelor): $694/mo. (2016)
  • Average cost of rent (1 bdrm): $942/mo. (2016)
  • Average cost of rent (2 bdrm): $1,119/mo. (2016)

INDIGENOUS DATA

  • Percentage of Aboriginal households in core housing need: 13.8% (2011)
  • Percent surveyed (n=96) in homeless count identifying as Aboriginal: 12.5% (2016)

 SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Income assistance for renters/home owners (single person/mo.): ​$706 (2016)
  • Average monthly social assistance caseload: 2,500 (2008)