Hou­sing sub­si­dy in­crease ap­pro­ved

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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.

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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.

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