Living at Suomi Koti

When you choose Suomi Koti, you’ll enjoy a comfortable and welcoming living environment. We provide a wide array of amenities including an exercise room, craft rooms, library and a common room with kitchen facilities. Unique to our building and tradition of Finnish culture, we also feature a sauna that is open to use for all tenants.

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Spacious Common Areas

Our common rooms are widely used by our tenants, local churches, seminars, weddings and other occasions. In addition to our amenities, we feature a wide array of programming.

Ample Green Spaces

Our grounds include extensive landscaping, featuring a garden area for vegetables and flowers, pond with gazebo and arch bridge.

Generous Living Spaces

Comprised of 40 one bedroom units and 20 two bedroom that range in size from 600 to 850 square feet. Each unit includes a fridge and stove. Each tenant has full access to lounges, a library, activity room and much more. We also feature on site parking for an extra fee.

Suomi Koti FAQ:

What units are available?

Suomi Koti has 40 onebedroom units and 20 twobedroom units for seniors (59 years & older) only.

What sizes are the units?

One bedroom units are approximately 600 square feet / 52 m2 in size. Two bedroom units are approximately 850 square feet / 78 m2 in size.

How can I get an application for Rent-Geared-to-Income housing? I am looking for housing because I cannot afford my rent. What should I be doing?

There are three ways to request a Rent-Geared-to-Income Housing application:

  1. You may pick one up at Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board at 231 May Street South, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1B5 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm weekdays.
  2. You may also print an application from our Forms section.
    Press the Housing tab on the left side and then press the “applying for social housing” link.
    Also, there is an Application Guide available on-line which consists of tips on completing your RGI application and a complete list of documents required with the application.
  3. If you are unable to do either of these, we are able to mail one to you. Please call Intake & Eligibility at (807) 766-2111 to make these arrangements. If no one is available to answer your call, please leave a voice mail message and someone will get back to you.

Rent-Geared-to-Income Housing is non-emergency in nature. As a result, there tends to be a long waitlist for each housing project. Although we recommend you submit an RGI application as soon as possible, other housing options may need to be pursued.  There is a housing list produced weekly at TBDSSAB of market rent units that are available in the city.

Affordable (market) units are:
one bedroom for $831/month including utilities; and $977/month including utilities (effective July 1, 2020).

How long will it take for me to get a unit?

The length of time before a unit becomes available will vary depending on unit turnover. It may take some time because of the small number of vacancies.

How are people chosen for housing?

The system for selecting households is based on date of application and need.

How do I apply?

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