News & Public Notices
City Introduces Changes To Rent And Utility Assistance
January 22, 2013 -
The City's newly-structured Low Income Assistance Bank Program offers low-income households from the City and the County, support with their rent and energy-source costs.
"This program is intended to help households maintain their housing when faced with the possibility of eviction due to rental arrears, or to maintain their energy source(s) when faced with the possibility that they may be turned off," says Sheldon Laidman, Director of Housing. "This program addresses changes resulting from a consolidation of homelessness funding and replaces the previous Rent and Utility Bank programs for the City of Kingston and County of Frontenac."
The eligibility criteria and the amount of assistance available have changed under the new program:
- Individuals who are low income wage earners and those on pensions may be eligible for this assistance.
- Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) clients will access the Municipal Discretionary Residency Benefit for rent and utility arrears through their case worker/case manager.
Applications and information on the Low Income Assistance Bank program can be obtained in two locations:
- Residents of the City of Kingston and the Frontenac Islands should contact Salvation Army, Community & Family Services, 342 Patrick St., Kingston or call 613-548-4411.
- Residents of the County of Frontenac should contact: Southern Frontenac Community Service Corporation, 4419 George St., Sydenham or call 613-376-6477
Plan to get there by bus: www.cityofkingston.ca/tripplanner
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Media contact information:
Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext 2300.