CK Shelter Solutions can assist qualifying individuals or families with:

  • Rental deposits to secure accommodation

  • Payments towards rental/mortgage/tax arrears to maintain or retain accommodation

  • Payments towards utility arrears and/or reconnection fees to maintain service connections

  • Under exceptional circumstances other costs may be considered if it will assist with obtaining and/or retaining housing

To be eligible for CK Shelter Solutions applicants must:

  • Show that affordability problems are temporary, and can be addressed through one-time assistance

  • Show that they are able to financially afford the accommodation's for which they are seeking assistance

  • Meet specific financial need requirements. (Eligibility is determined by a financial needs test, which compares assets and household income to the expenses and amount of assistance, requested)

  • Reside in Chatham-Kent 

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Tenant Duty Council

Tenant Duty CouncilTenant Duty Counsel (TDC) are staff lawyers or paralegals who attend the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) hearings in Chatham. The LTB usually holds hearings at the Wish Centre (located at 177 King Street East) every other Thursday beginning at 10:00 am. Tenants should arrive at 9:30 am

TDC offer free legal advice to tenants who are heading into the hearing. TDC might be involved in providing brief advice, negotiation, or attending at mediation with the tenant. TDC may also assist the tenants by speaking on their behalf at the hearing in appropriate cases.

The TDC program, supported by the Advocacy Centre for Tenants in Ontario, is separate and not affiliated with the Landlord and Tenant Board.

How Tenant Duty Counsel Works

If a tenant is interested in receiving advice at a Landlord and Tenant Board hearing, they should inform the Board Member who is presiding that they wish to speak to TDC and not proceed with their case until they have had an opportunity to discuss matters with TDC.

TDC generally review the case with the tenant and then, depending on the circumstances, may approach the landlord to see if something can be worked out. Based on discussions with the landlord, the TDC may do a number of things including offering advice, encouraging the tenant to seek an adjournment, or drafting minutes of settlement.

Contact Tenant Duty Council - Jeff Wilkins at or call 519.360-7960 Location: 6 Harvey St., Chatham, ON  N7M 1L6