Alberta government expands temporary rental assistance program

“Making the best use of rental supports is a key part of Stronger Foundations: Alberta’s 10 Year Affordable Housing Strategy,” Pon said. “By expanding the Temporary Rental Assistance Benefit to more than 80 communities, more support is available for Albertans in need, helping to make life more affordable during inflation.”

The benefit is granted on a first-come, first-served basis and is paid directly to eligible renters. The factors that determine how much a household will receive depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Be below the local income threshold
  • Currently employed or having been employed in the past 24 months
  • Whether or not they are currently receiving social assistance

Lethbridge Housing Authority chief executive Robin Jones says she appreciates the government expanding the program as it will go a long way to help tenants in southern Alberta.

“With the recently announced expansion of the Temporary Rental Assistance benefit, the Lethbridge Housing Authority is now able to serve more than 30 communities in southwestern Alberta,” said Jones. “We appreciate the government’s investment in rent support and look forward to serving rural Albertans.

Budget 2022 committed $7.2 million to the program for 2022-23, and TRAB will now serve an additional 3,800 households in the province. There are seven local housing providers who administer the temporary benefit on behalf of the Government of Alberta.

Albertans can check if they qualify for the benefit on the Government of Alberta website.

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