The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

A tight bud­get could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween buy­ing food or a roof over your head but the Direct Com­mu­nity Hous­ing pro­gram ad­min­is­tered by the Drumheller Hous­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion (DHA) is de­signed to put low in­come earn­ers at ease re­gard­less of their cur­rent fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion.

DHA was cre­ated by Min­is­te­rial Or­der April 1, 1995 by the Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and is a man­age­ment body re­spon­si­ble for ad­min­is­ter­ing the hous­ing pro­gram for the area.

This pro­gram fo­cuses on low in­come fam­i­lies who have dif­fi­culty pay­ing their bills – to as­sist with their rental costs. The DHA eval­u­ates the ap­pli­cant’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion with 30 per cent of the ap­pli­cant’s in­come charged for rent.

“Rent in­cludes wa­ter and gas, they just pay power, phone and in­ter­net,” ex­plained Cass Hous­ton, of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager work­ing on be­half of the DHA. “So that helps out with the cost be­cause of how ex­pen­sive util­i­ties are lately. Peo­ple in hous­ing could be pay­ing dif­fer­ent amounts of rent be­cause it is all based on in­come.”

The unit sizes are based on the num­ber of chil­dren the ap­pli­cant has. This num­ber, how­ever, does not af­fect the cost.

To com­plete the ap­pli­ca­tion, you must have a copy of your lease, no­tify if any fam­ily mem­bers are re­ceiv­ing Un­em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance, Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion, or So­cial As­sis­tance, in­di­cate if you are a full time stu­dent, have copies of Health Care Cards for ev­ery­one in your house­hold, and bring your most cur­rent in­come tax summary and no­tice of as­sess­ment. There is no cost to ap­ply.

Each ap­pli­cant can­not own more than $25,000 in as­sets and can’t own prop­erty be­cause the pro­gram is fo­cused on ren­ters only. Per­sonal fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion is re­quired as rent is based off of in­for­ma­tion pro­vided.

One and two bed­room units are lo­cated on Hunts Drive. There are 24 units built on .57 acres of land. The Hunts units were built in 1971.

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