World News – CA – Saskatchewan Housing Benefit has been expanded to include private market rents

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The Saskatchewan Housing Benefit (SHB) is being expanded to include more low-income tenants in the province.

The province said Monday it will now include tenants in the private market. It was previously only available to people living in shared accommodation.

« I am pleased to announce that the Saskatchewan Housing Benefit is now available to tenants in the private market to cover some of their rent and enable individuals to live more comfortable and safer lives, » said the Secretary of State for social services, Lori Carr, in a statement.

« I encourage Saskatchewans who are eligible to apply for the program so they can make ends meet. ”

The SHB is a monthly benefit for low-wage earners who pay 50 percent or more of their income for housing.

A single person or couple in a one bedroom apartment receives $ 150 per month. A family in a two bedroom apartment receives $ 200 per month. and a family who lives in a three or more bedroom apartment is paid $ 250 per month, according to the province.

Officials said it was manageable and beneficiaries would still be entitled to benefit when switching between shared accommodation or private rental apartments, provided the housing costs were 50 percent or more of their income.

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« Many tenants need long-term, predictable assistance to pay their rent and we provide this through the Saskatchewan Housing Benefit, » Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Families, Children and Social Development, said in a statement.

« With this announcement, we are taking important steps to continue building strong communities where families in Saskatchewan can thrive and prosper. ”

$ 6 total. Both governments have pledged 8 million for a 50:50 cost match in 2020.

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