C/O Vishnu Mandir
8642 Yonge Street,
Richmond Hill, Ontario
L4C 6Z4
CANADA

For more information on Anand Bhavan Seniors Home, please call 905-695-1837.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Anand Bhavan Seniors Residence?

Anand Bhavan Seniors Residence is a rental apartment building with 25 units. It was completed in 2010, and is owned and operated by Voice of the Vedas Cultural Sabha Inc., which established the Vishnu Mandir temple in the early 1980s.
Funding for this building was provided through the Affordable Housing Program, donations from the community, as well as other sources.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Dr. Kuvear Balbahadur at 905-886-1724, or send an email to anandbhavan@rogers.com

How much rent will I pay?

Units are rented at ‘affordable market rent’ which is set below the average market rent in the Richmond Hill area.

Who can live in this building?

Tenants must show they meet all of the following criteria:

  • All members in the household are at least 65 years old
  • All household members are legal residents of Canada or refugee claimants
  • No household member owes money to any social housing provider
  • No household member is under a deportation, departure or exclusion order to leave Canada
  • No household member has been convicted of an offence related to rent-geared-to-income assistance
  • No household member has been found by a court of law or the Landlord and Tenant Board to have misrepresented their income for the purpose of rent geared-to-income assistance
  • Tenants must be able to live independently in the unit, with or without support services
  • The combined household income for all members of the household cannot be higher than the Household Income Limit set for Affordable Housing Program funded units by the Regional Municipality of York

What documentation do I need to have to prove residency in Canada?

Documentation must clearly indicate your legal right to be in Canada. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • a copy of your Canadian birth certificate,
  • landed immigrant papers, permanent resident card, or
  • documents supporting your claim for refugee status

What does 'living independently' mean?

An individual is considered to be able to live independently if he or she is able to perform the normal essential activities of day-to-day living; or can do so with the aid of support services and demonstrates that those support services will be provided when they are required. The applicant must arrange support services.

How long will it take for me to be offered a unit?

The amount of time before a unit comes available can vary depending on the type of unit you choose.

  • I own my own home. Can I apply for a unit in Anand Bhavan?
  • If you own your own home, you may apply to live in Anand Bhavan Seniors Residence.

What documentation do I need to have to prove household income?

You must provide a copy of the most recent Notice of Assessment received from Canada Revenue Agency for income taxes for each member of the household that will live in the unit.

Additional documentation must clearly show the amount of monthly income and the source for all household members. This may include, but is not limited to copies of the following:

  • Letter from an employer, on company letterhead showing the firm’s address and telephone number, declaring the monthly income for each employed individual,
  • Copies of recent bank statements showing deposits from pensions, allowances, government assistance and other sources,
  • Copy of a current Ontario Drug Benefit card, and
  • Copy of a recent Employment Insurance Itemized Statement of Benefits Paid

What if my application is not complete?

If you have not completed all sections of the application form, or if you have not included the required documents, we will send your application back to you without placing you on the waiting list.

How are applicants selected for units?

Only applicants with fully completed applications are added to the waiting lists.

Affordable market rent units are offered to the most suitable household that is at the top of the list.

Households will be interviewed and must give approval for credit and landlord checks to be done before the unit is offered.

What types of units are available?

The building contains a mix of 18 standard one-bedroom, 3 barrier-free one-bedroom and 4 two-bedroom apartments.

What if my information or situation changes after I submit my application?

It is your responsibility to keep your file up to date. If your contact information or gross household income changes, you must notify us. If we send you a letter and it is returned undeliverable, your application may be removed from the waiting list.

What features are special about this building?

The building includes a meeting area, dining area, activity area and kitchen area. Meals may be served to residents under a separate support service arrangement. Tenants may rent a parking space in the parking area adjacent to the building. TV Cable is available at an additional cost. A laundry room with two coin-operated washing machines and two dryers is available on the ground floor.

The building and all grounds are designated as non-smoking areas. This includes the apartment suites.

Units are furnished and include a refrigerator, cooktop, and microwave.

How to Complete this Application
  • Please Print Clearly.
  • If you need more space to write your response, please attach a separate piece of paper.
  • All sections must be completed in full. If you do not complete all sections of this application form, or do not include all citizenship documentation or income for all household members, we will send your application back without placing you on the waiting list.
    Please make sure you have:
  • Completed all sections of the form
  • Signed pages 5 and 6
  • Included copies of Canadian birth certificates, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship certificate, landed immigrant, permanent resident card or refugee claimant documents for ALL members of the household
  • Provided confirmation of total household income before taxes for every household member that will be living in the unit

Your completed application can be mailed or delivered to:

Anand Bhavan Seniors Residence
c/o Vishnu Mandir
Attention: Bruce Harding / Robin Doobay
8642 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 6Z4

Applications will not be accepted by fax.
If you are delivering your application, please submit it at the reception in the temple on the lower level and sign the form so we have a record of your application being submitted.

Click here to download the Application (PDF Format)