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General News · 16th April 2019
Ester
Last week I was on the phone with a friend who has rented her whole life and right now pays about $40% of her income on rent, not including utilities. She just found out about the SAFER program. “Do you know about it?” she asked. No, I did not. I Googled it and started reading. “Can you imagine what this means for me?”, she asked. Well, yes I could. Better food, more fresh food. Possibly a dentist appointment. As I was reading it became clear to me that this program can help anyone over 60 that has a limited income and rents a home/apartment. Right away I could think of a few people in my life that are in that situation and would probably be eligible. I don't think this program is widely advertised. I encourage you to tell your friends, to share it even if they own their home. They might know people that could benefit. Over the years I have seen a lot of poverty with elderly people. It's usually hidden, they are very good at painting a beautiful picture when reality is a little less colourful. And $150 in rental assistance a month can make a huge difference.

Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters
https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-assistance/SAFER

(See attachments for brochure and application form)

Calculator
https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-assistance/rap-safer-calculator

There is a Rental Assistance Program for families with at least one dependent child as well.
https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-assistance/RAP
A calculator on the website can project assistance amount.
A calculator on the website can project assistance amount.
Thank you
Comment by Izabelle on 18th April 2019
Thank you Ester for sharing this information.