Changes help those ap­ply­ing for af­ford­able hous­ing to con­tinue to save

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The Al­berta gov­ern­ment is mak­ing it eas­ier for those who ap­ply for af­ford­able hous­ing to con­tinue to save.

Un­der new rules an­nounced on March 24, those ap­ply­ing for af­ford­able hous­ing no longer have to de­clare their dis­abil­ity or Ed­u­ca­tion sav­ings plans part of as­set test­ing rules. This means these will no long ap­ply to­wards the $7,000 as­set lim­its of Af­ford­able Hous­ing pro­grams.

“By mak­ing this change, we are en­sur­ing that low-in­come Al­ber­tans are not be­ing pe­nal­ized for sav­ing for their fu­ture se­cu­rity or their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion,” said Lori Sig­urd­son, Min­is­ter of Seniors and Hous­ing.

Jay Gar­butt, Chair­man of Drumheller Hous­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Coun­cil­lor for the Town of Drumheller, says the changes may have a mild im­pact.

“The Drumheller Hous­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion fol­lows a strict set of cri­te­ria and qual­i­fi­ca­tion tables to en­sure that the Pro­vin­cial Sub­si­dized Hous­ing is avail­able to those in need. While ev­ery ten­ant has their own unique fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances we can see where this new cri­te­ria will make sense for cer­tain ap­pli­cants” said Gar­butt.

A s s e t test­ing for hous­ing pro­grams is now con­sis­tent with other sup­port pro­grams such as the Al­berta Seniors Ben­e­fit.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease, the So­cial Hous­ing Ac­com­mo­da­tion Reg­u­la­tion does not ex­empt the two sav­ings plans, since the reg­u­la­tion pre­dates the plans’ es­tab­lish­ment by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. The ex­emp­tions will take ef­fect April 1 by min­is­te­rial or­der un­til the reg­u­la­tion is amended.

The Drumheller Hous­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion is a man­age­ment body formed by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to ad­min­is­ter the 50 sub­si­dized rental units in Green­tree and Hunts, the 20 Af­ford­able Hous­ing Apart­ments at Sand­stone the Pro­vin­cial Rent Sup­ple- Manor and Gov­ern­ment’s ment Pro­gram.

DHA’s of­fices are lo­cated at 145 3rd Ave West.

“By mak­ing this change,

we are en­sur­ing that low-in­come Al­ber­tans are

not be­ing pe­nal­ized for sav­ing for their fu­ture se­cu­rity or their chil­dren’s

ed­u­ca­tion.”

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