Housing Security Fund Eligibility Expanded

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Thunder Bay District Social ServicesTHUNDER BAY – NEWS – The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) has announced that eligibility requirements for the Housing Security Fund (HSF) program have been expanded in an effort to support more low income earners. The decision to continue the HSF was approved on February 26th by the TBDSSAB as part of the 2015 budget.

The HSF is a TBDSSAB administered fund available to recipients of social assistance as well as low income earners. The purpose of the HSF is to provide resources to prevent eviction and assist low income individuals and families to obtain and retain housing. Financial assistance to eligible recipients include, but are not limited to, expenses such as last month rent, utility deposits, rent arrears, and funds to avoid utility cut off.

The new income limits for those wishing to access the program are now as follows:

Family Size

 

1 person

Total Annual Income

 

$27,520

2 persons $38,919
3 persons $47,666
4 persons $55,041
5 persons $61,537
6 persons $67,409
7 persons $72,813

Through these new income limits the TBDSSAB hopes to assist more low income earners that are experiencing difficulties in obtaining or maintaining their residence.

The HSF is one of the components of the $2.7 million Consolidated Homelessness Prevention Initiative budget for the District of Thunder Bay funded by the Province of Ontario.

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