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NDP Increase SAFER and Low-Income Family Grants Sept 1



Extra money to help make ends meet



Kara-Leigh Bloch (l), executive director, Seniors Services Society, says

many seniors are having a tough time.






ow-income families and seniors in British Columbia, who are paying rent in the private market, will receive additional help from the Province, with improvements coming into effect for two rental-assistance programs.

As part of the British Columbia government’s 30-point housing plan, the Province is expanding the eligibility requirements and increasing the benefits under the Rental Assistance Program and Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER).

"Too many people aren’t able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having secure rental housing,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “They worry each month about how to pay their rent, feed their families and meet their needs. With this change, we are making housing more affordable for low-income families and seniors in communities throughout the province.”

Effective Sept. 1, 2018, as a result of increased rent ceilings around the province, more low-income families and seniors will be eligible for additional assistance to help with their monthly payments in the private market.

The average monthly payment for SAFER recipients will increase by approximately $78, or 42%, from $187 to $265.

Low-income families will also benefit from higher rental-assistance benefits. Under B.C.’s Rental Assistance Program, the maximum gross household income to qualify for benefits is being raised from $35,000 to $40,000. The average monthly subsidy for recipients is increasing by approximately $67, or 17%, from $405 to $472.

These enhancements build on the work government is doing to reduce poverty in British Columbia. More than 35,000 B.C. households will benefit, which includes an estimated 3,200 newly eligible low-income households.


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