Read the stories of three Holocaust survivors and how the Kehilla Residential Programme and The Azrieli Foundation helped them live more affordably in Toronto. Written by Marilyn Lazar, courtesy of The Canadian Jewish News, May 25, 2017. Read the article here.

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Established in 2011, Kehilla Residential Programme’s Rental Assistance Program bridges the gap between market rental rates and what a person in need can afford. Eligible families who are spending more than 35% of their income in rent are assisted with up to $300 in monthly housing supports to live within the Community. Funded by the private donors through an annual fundraising campaign, the program is currently assisting 85 households.

Kehilla’s Rental Assistance Program has quickly become the “little idea that grew” thanks to the support of our community’s incredibly generous real estate community. In 2016 we provided rental assistance to 85 households and 2017 promises to impact even more families and individuals as people hear of the program and want to help.

We are delighted to announce important funding from the Azrieli Foundation who has committed $145,000 in 2017, specifically to provide assistance to 35 aging Holocaust survivors in our community who live in poverty. This vital funding is designed to triple over the next 2 years until 100 survivors are assisted annually allowing them to live in dignity, without the fear or stress of having to decide between paying their rent or eating.

Thanks to the generosity of all of our donors the Rental Assistance Program is making a difference in the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable members.

You may qualify for Kehilla’s Rental Assistance Program if you are paying more than 35% of your income on rent and if you fit the following criteria:

– You are Jewish
– You live in the Jewish Community in the Greater Toronto Area.
– If you live in a 1-bedroom apartment, pay up to a maximum of $1,245.00 in rent and your yearly combined household income $49,800.00 or less.
– If you live in a 2-bedroom apartment, pay up to a maximum of $1,450.00 in rent and your yearly combined household income is $58,000.00 or less
– If you live in a 3-bedroom apartment, pay up to a maximum of $1,750.00 in rent and your yearly combined household income is $70,000.00 or less.
– You are not over-housed.

We can only truly assess your eligibility if you apply to the program.

If you are a Survivor of the Holocaust and pay more than 35% of your income on rent, you may qualify. Please call us to find out more at 416-932-1212.

You can complete the form below and a Kehilla Residential Programme staff will contact you to walk you through the process. You may also call us at 416-932-1212. Please note that it may take 2 business days for a staff to contact you, so please be patient. Someone will call you back.

Once your application has been approved for the waiting list, you will be contacted when a space becomes available.

Please call 416 932 1212 or email us at

You can also make a donation by visiting our Kehilla Canada Helps.


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For more information on Kehilla’s Rental Assistance Program, please complete the Waiting List Request form below or contact us at (416) 932-1212.