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.