Help Increase Housing Affordability in Manitoba
Last year MPHM urged the Province of Manitoba to increase the Rental Allowance received by Manitobans who rely on Employment and Income Assistance (EIA).
EIA recipients are provided a rental allowance that has increased only marginally since 1992 when compared to market rents, which have increased by about 60% during the same time.
We asked the Province to increase the rental allowance to 75% of median market rent. In the 2013 budget, the government announced a $20 increase in rent aide for those who qualify. While this was a partial increase in the rent allowance, it did not reach all families receiving EIA nor raise supports to the level being called for.
At the 2014 NDP Convention, Theresa Oswald, Minister of Jobs and the Economy said “We agree that 75 percent as a target is the right goal”.
Now that the government agrees, the question is how soon can we reach this goal? People struggling with poverty have been waiting too long and are caught in a system mired in bureaucracy. There is still time to increase the EIA rental allowance. Manitobans need to repeat the call for change.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your support. The bigger and broader our list of supporters, the better.
Click http://www.ccednet-rcdec.ca/sites/ccednet-rcdec.ca/files/ccednet/eia_rental_allowance.docx.pdf to access a document providing more information on this proposal which you can share with others to help us gain broader support.