Tuesday, April 22, 2008

British Columbia Rental Assistance

The Rental Assistance Program provides eligible low-income families with cash assistance to help with their monthly rent payments.

As of April 2008 the income level which qualifies for assistance has been raised to $35,000.00.
The following guidelines will help you know if you may qualify for rental assistance.

You may be eligible for the Rental Assistance Program if you meet the following criteria:
  • Some or all of your annual household income must come from employment.
  • You have a gross annual household income of $35,000 or less.
  • You have at least one or more dependent children .
  • You have less than $10,000 in assets.
  • You file an annual income tax return.
  • You pay more than 30 per cent of your household income towards rent for your home, or pay pad rental for a manufactured home (trailer) that you own and occupy.
  • You have lived in British Columbia for the full 12 months immediately preceding the date of application.
  • You meet the residency requirements for the program.

You will not be eligible for the Rental Assistance Program if:

  • You or your family receive income assistance under the B.C. Employment and Assistance Act or the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act (excluding Medical Services only).
  • If your annual gross household income is over $35,000.
  • You live in subsidized housing.
  • You live in co-operative housing and are a shareholder.
  • You or a member of your family do not meet the residency requirements or came to Canada under a private sponsorship agreement that is still in force.
  • You own a home that you do not live in.
For more information about BC Housing and the Rental Assistance Program visit their website using this link.


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