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South Shore Breaker - 2021-11-24

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Veterans caring for children with disabilities may receive rent decrease

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Veterans and families caring for a child with a mental or physical disability could save upwards of $100 a month on rent. In a recent news release, provincial officials said it will now exclude the veterans’ disability pension and the child disability benefit when calculating how much rent someone will pay in public housing. A family receiving the child disability benefit could save around $60 per month. Peter Kerr of the National Association of Federal Retirees said if someone doesn’t have a lot of money, $100 a month is significant and can provide a measure of relief and comfort to the veteran and their family. “This is a recognition that their service for their country is appreciated,” said Kerr. People who received one of the two benefits but don’t live in public housing may also qualify if veterans are receiving a rent supplement from the province. With the change, the province may recalculate their income, resulting in a greater supplement. The change will come into effect on Dec. 1. Staff will contact the tenant and rent-supplement clients to confirm whether the resident is eligible or not. Tenants can also call local housing authorities to discuss eligibility.

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