Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Low-Income Renters in Manitoba to Be Hit by Cuts to Rent Assist Program

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Low-Income Renters in Manitoba to Be Hit by Cuts to Rent Assist Program

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Low-income renters to be hit by cuts

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WINNIPEG - A pair of Manitoba organizations is sounding the alarm about cuts to a provincial program that could affect thousands of low-income renters.

Make Poverty History and Right to Housing Coalition said cuts to Rent Assist will hit 7,000 homes starting on July 1.

Manitobans affected by the cuts include minimum wage workers, students, newcomers, families and seniors.

An increase in Rent Assist is mandated by July 1 each year to make up for rising rents.

However, the organizations said this year families will see a cut in benefits or reduction in the planned increase.

They said the cuts will put affordable housing further out of reach for low-income renters in Manitoba.

"The province only informed affected recipients in a letter last week that there would be changes to the program, directing them to contact the department for more information about how these would affect their benefits," said the news release. …

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