The City of Lethbridge has worked in conjunction with the Lethbridge Housing Authority to create a new COVID-19 Housing Supplement Program providing additional support to those financially impacted by the pandemic.
"We can see the significant impact COVID-19 is having on many Lethbridge residents," says City Councillor Rob Miyashiro who brought the idea forward to council on December 14. "Making sure people have the financial support they need to stay in their homes is critical in keep families safe and healthy in this ongoing pandemic."
To create this new program, City Council recently approved $500,000 in one-time funding for 2021.
City staff have partnered with Lethbridge Housing Authority who are using existing housing supplement systems and providing program expertise and infrastructure to administer the new program.
"Lethbridge Housing Authority is proud to partner with the City of Lethbridge to deliver the Housing Supplement funding. We look forward to the opportunity to assist members of our community with financial supports to ensure those impacted by COVID 19 will be able to maintain housing during this difficult time," says Robin James, CAO, Lethbridge Housing Authority.
The new program eligibility criteria include:
- Open to homeowners and renters
- Resident of Lethbridge (6 months or longer)
- Gross household income must be at or lower than Core Need Income Threshold (the maximum amount of income a person could make, based on family size)
- One bedroom - $30,000
- Two bedroom – $38,500
- Three bedroom – $43,000
- Four bedroom – $51,500
- Five bedroom – $60,000
- Must show validation of loss of income due to COVID-19
- Must not duplicate other government supports such as Assisted Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), Rent Geared to Income Housing (RGI) and other Rent Subsidy Program
For more information and to apply for the COVID-19 Housing Supplement Program, visit https://lethbridgehousing.ca/rent-supplement-application/.
Tara Grindle, Communications Manager
City of Lethbridge