Community agencies provide different residential accommodations that help people with a developmental disability. These include:

  • group homes and other supported living arrangements
  • specialized residences for people with a developmental disability who have additional needs, such as mental health services
  • family homes through the Host Family Program

In addition to these existing supports, the Developmental Services Housing Task Force is helping to expand the range of housing options and choices for adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario.

How to apply

People with a developmental disability and their families work with community agencies to find the kind of residential accommodation that works best for them.

Contact Developmental Services Ontario to apply. If you’re eligible, staff will help you complete an application package to assess your needs and connect you with services and supports as they become available.

Host Family Program

Through the Host Family Program, adults with developmental disabilities live with people who can provide care, support and supervision in a family setting. Successful matches between home sharers and providers create positive long-term relationships and promote community integration.

New requirements for the program

The ministry has released new requirements to increase the safety and security of adults with developmental disabilities who choose to live with a host family. The rules, which came into effect April 1, 2016, strengthen the way agencies screen, select and evaluate host families and help ensure that the Host Family Program is delivered consistently across the province.

Host Family videos

Check out these videos to see the Host Family Program in action!

Ashley's story - Loving
life with her host family

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Steven and Tyler's Story - Host Family Program

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Lisa's Story

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Story | Transcript