Avodah’s Rent Supplement Program

The
extremely tight housing market is resulting in rising rental costs, low vacancy
rates and high competition for available units.  Many families struggle to
keep a roof over their heads. 

To
help families who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness, Avodah
Social Action Group
has partnered with the Burnside Gorge Community Centre for
several years.  Avodah provides $485 in monthly funds- $360 a month for
rent and utilities for up to three families and an additional $125 a month for
emergency food cards. 

Burnside
Gorge, in its quarterly reports to Avodah, details how Avodah’s funds are
spent.  Following are a few examples from these reports:

“A
single mother received word that she had been accepted into subsidized housing
after a three year wait. Though working full-time, she was struggling to
come up with funds to cover a damage deposit, rent and moving costs. A
rent supplement was provided to assist her in covering the damage
deposit, ensuring she was able to accept the unit. ”

“ A family with two children aged seven and two were at imminent risk of
having their electricity disconnected due to the high costs of winter
heating. After exhausting all other possible financial resource from
family, friends, and other community organizations the Housing Outreach team
was able prevent the loss of electricity with an Avodah subsidy; in order
to prevent further disconnection notices the Housing Outreach team
arranged an affordable equal payment plan between the family and
BC Hydro.”

” A single father had his hours cut at work and was struggling to pay his
rent. A rent supplement was provided to cover the remainder of his rent
and ensure he kept his unit in subsidized housing. He was then able to
focus on securing a second job to increase his income and ensure he is able to
pay his rent on time"

In concluding their report, The Family Housing Outreach Workers thank Avodah
for our continuing financial support, saying how Burnside Gorge Community
Association’s work, in combination with our monthly cheques, helps families
achieve long term success in maintaining housing.

Your donation to Avodah will help ensure continued support for this program.

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