Housing subsidy increase approved
Local operators of subsidized housing in the Prescott-Russell region will get a bit of extra financial compensation for their services.
The United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) approved a resolution during its Sept. 28 session for increases both this year and next year in the per diem subsidy that domiciliary hostel operators receive from the counties for each person living in a designated subsidized housing unit.
The actual per diem subsidy of $51 per resident will increase to $53 retroactive to the start of September this year. The per diem will increase to $54 next year at the start of July and continue at that rate until 2019.
Local operators of subsidized housing have lobbied the counties for an increase, saying that without a boost to the subsidy, the rising operating costs for hydro and other maintenance necessities could force them to reconsider whether or not they can continue to provide a proper home situation for their clients.
The UCPR resolution also sets a new limit of 460 for the number of residents in subsidized housing for whom the new per diem rates will apply. The new subsidy eligibility cap is meant to allow the counties to manage its own budget situation while it continues to wait for word from Queens Park about any possible increase in provincial social housing support funds for local governments.
Les Comtés unis de Prescott-Russell ont donné leur aval à une proposition d’augmenter la subvention quotidienne qu’ils octroient aux exploitants de résidences de PrescottRussell pour chaque personne demeurant dans une unité de logement subventionné. La subvention quot idienn ede 51$ augmenter aà53$dès le mo is de sept em breetà 54 $ à compter du mois de juillet 2017.