I've Applied for Housing

Our priority is to provide safe and affordable homes to the residents of Strathcona County and the City of Fort Saskatchewan.

Heartland Housing Foundation is the only affordable housing provider in our region. We receive many applications every month and do our best to ensure we process them quickly and efficiently. We offer housing based on priority and not on a first-come, first-served basis. The exception to this is Silver Birch Haven, which is a first come first serve building.

Seniors Lodges

Our lodge wait-lists are based on several criteria used to determine an applicant's need. These criteria include:

  • Risk (health and safety related)
  • Degree of independence
  • Housing needs
  • Income
    • this is based on the Lodge Assistance Program Income threshold and whether the applicant is eligible to receive Alberta Senior's Cash Benefit. 
  • If the applicant is moving from a current Heartland building
  • If the applicant lives in the community or is moving to be closer to family

The priority list is the list of all applicant households in decreasing order, from highest priority (point score) to lowest priority (point score). The priority list can change as a household's situation changes or more applicants are added. Because the priority list is always shifting, we cannot tell applicants how long they will wait for housing.

Silver Birch Haven does not have these criteria in place. As a market rent building, the wait-list is based on first come first serve and does NOT have an income threshold for application.

Seniors Apartments (RGTI and Affordable)

The priority list for our seniors apartments is based mainly off the income level of the applicant. To qualify the applicant must fit the following criteria, and is then rated based on how high a percentage of their monthly income is currently going towards their rent. 

  • An applicant is unable to acquire or maintain adequate or suitable accommodation without paying more than 30% of their total annual income for accommodation, AND the applicant has a total annual income below the Core Need Income Threshold (CNIT) established for Strathcona County of less than $37,500.00 per year for a single bedroom unit and couples for a two bedroom apartment less than $44,000.00 per year.

Family Affordable Apartments 

Our family housing wait-list is based on several criteria used to determine an applicant's need. These criteria include:

  • Risk (well-being and safety related)
  • Housing needs
  • Income
  • If the applicant lives in the community or is moving to be closer to family

The priority list is the list of all applicant households in decreasing order, from highest priority (point score) to lowest priority (point score). The priority list can change as a household's situation changes or more applicants are added. Because the priority list is always shifting, we cannot tell applicants how long they will wait for housing.

Next Steps:

If you have submitted your application to the site of your choice, your next step would be to call that building to schedule an interview. A list of facility contacts can be found here.

If any of the following information has changed since you submitted your application, please contact the site you are applying to to update your application:

  • Income
  • Living situation
  • Address
  • Degree of independence 
  • Medical information