Introducing Rent Assist Rent Assist is a new nancial benet for people who receive Employment and Income Assistance EIA and have housing costs to cover

Introducing Rent Assist Rent Assist is a new nancial benet for people who receive Employment and Income Assistance EIA and have housing costs to cover - Description

It is also available to other lowincome private renters Rent Assist replaces and adds a lot to the current EIA shelter allowance and RentAid programs Rent Assist can help people move successfully into training and jobs By combining shelter bene64257 ID: 36715 Download Pdf

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Introducing Rent Assist Rent Assist is a new nancial benet for people who receive Employment and Income Assistance EIA and have housing costs to cover

It is also available to other lowincome private renters Rent Assist replaces and adds a lot to the current EIA shelter allowance and RentAid programs Rent Assist can help people move successfully into training and jobs By combining shelter bene64257

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Introducing Rent Assist Rent Assist is a new financial benefit for people who receive Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) and have housing costs to cover. It is also available to other low-income private renters. Rent Assist replaces and adds a lot to the current EIA shelter allowance and RentAid programs. Rent Assist can help people move successfully into training and jobs. By combining shelter benefits inside and outside of EIA, the benefit program is simpler and moves with people as their situations change. I am getting or applying for EIA

benefits. Will Rent Assist help with my housing costs? When you apply for EIA, your eligibility for Rent Assist will also be assessed. If you are already getting EIA benefits, you will automatically receive Rent Assist for your housing costs. I am not getting EIA benefits. Can I still get Rent Assist? Yes. You can apply for Rent Assist without receiving EIA benefits if you: t pay rent or room and board for unsubsidized housing t have an average monthly household income of less than $2,024 for a single person or $2,276 for two or more persons. t have dependent

children in your home and have an average household income of less than $2,276 per month for two persons or $2,852 for three or more persons. t spend more than 25 per cent of your income on rent, unless your monthly rent is lower than a specified level t are a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant or a refugee claimant You may not apply for Rent Assist if: t you rent your home from Manitoba Housing t you, or the unit you live in, gets any other kind of housing benefit or subsidy t you live on a First Nations reserve t you live in a nursing home, hospital or residential care

facility t you live in student housing I was receiving RentAid before Rent Assist came out. Do I need to reapply for my shelter benefits? No, you do not need to reapply. You will automatically get Rent Assist, as long as you keep meeting the requirements. Can non-disabled adults without children apply for Rent Assist? Yes. You can apply for Rent Assist if you meet the requirements. People with dependent children, people with disabilities and senior citizens are also eligible to apply for Rent Assist. Flexible Shelter Benefits for Low-income Manitobans
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How much can

I receive? The amount will be figured out when you apply for benefits. If you are receiving EIA benefits, your Rent Assist benefit will be based on things like: t your rental costs t your mortgage payments, taxes and other fees if you own your own home t the number of people in your family t whether you live in Manitoba Housing, have other subsidized housing benefits or are paying rent in unsubsidized housing t whether your utility costs (ex: heat, electricity, water) are included in your rent If you are not receiving EIA benefits and you pay rent, you

may get up to $270 a month from Rent Assist. The amount depends on your total household income and your monthly rent. If you own your home and are not receiving EIA benefits, you are not eligible for Rent Assist. How are benefits paid? Rent Assist benefits will be deposited directly to your bank account at the beginning of each month or you can get your cheque by mail. If you are also getting EIA benefits, your Rent Assist will be included with your monthly EIA payment. What happens to my Rent Assist benefit when my EIA file closes? You may still be

eligible for Rent Assist if you rent or pay room and board in unsubsidized housing. EIA staff will help you find out if you are eligible and help with your application. You can also check if you are eligible using the online calculator at: www.gov.mb.ca/jec/eia/rentassist/estimator.html. Are Rent Assist benefits going to go up? The Manitoba government is working on a long-term plan to raise the maximum Rent Assist benefits to 75 per cent of median market rent. This information is available in alternate formats upon request. Ces renseignements sont offerts dans de multiples

formats sur demande. How do I apply for Rent Assist? If you are applying for EIA benefits, your eligibility for Rent Assist will also be assessed. To apply for EIA, call 204-948-4000 in Winnipeg; toll free at 1-877-812-0014 TTY at 204-945-4796 or 1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service) You can also talk to Rent Assist staff directly. To find an office near you, go to our website. In Winnipeg: www.gov.mb.ca/fs/misc/loc/winnipeg.html Outside Winnipeg: www.gov.mb.ca/fs/misc/loc/ruralnorthern If you are only applying for Rent Assist, you can download an application form on the

website at: www.gov.mb.ca/jec/eia/rentassist/index.html . To have an application form mailed to you, call Provincial Services at 204-945-2197 in Winnipeg; 1-877-587-6224 toll free; or TTY 204-948-3698