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Housing benefits expanded for Saskatchewan’s low-income renters

People keeping a roof over their heads can access an expanded benefit from the Saskatchewan Government.

The Saskatchewan Housing Benefit, which was brought in back in April to help low-income people, has been expanded by the provincial and federal governments. It was initially open for people who were living in community housing, but now can be applied for by people renting privately as well.

People needing help paying the rent will be able to access the benefit, provided the expense of renting makes up 50 per cent or more of their income. Through SHB, people get a flat monthly benefit based on the number of people in their household. It’s also a portable benefit, so if people move from a community home into a private home or vice versa they can get it, provided rent still makes up 50 per cent of income.

A single person or couple in a one-bedroom apartment would receive $150 per month, A family in a two-bedroom apartment would get $200 a month, and a family in a three-bedroom place would get $250 a month, the government outlines in their examples.

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The SHB is funded jointly by both the Government of Saskatchewan and Canada through the National Housing Strategy, with about $6.8 million committed to it this year.

“Under the National Housing Strategy, our government is taking steps to ensure that every Canadian has a safe and affordable place to call home,” says Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “Many renters need long-term, predictable assistance to pay their rent and we are providing that through the Saskatchewan Housing Benefit. With this announcement, we are taking significant action to continue to build strong communities where Saskatchewan families can prosper and thrive.”

People can apply for the SHB on the Government of Saskatchewan’s website, as well as find eligibility requirements there as well.

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