The Manitoba government is providing $5.6 million to the Manitoba Non-Profit Housing Association (MNPHA) to deliver a rent bank program that will support stable housing for low-income to moderate-income families.
The Manitoba Rent Bank will provide interest-free loans to tenants who are behind in their rent or need to move to housing that is more suitable. The program will be administered through the MNPHA and will be delivered regionally through local rent banks.
“Through partnerships with organizations like SEED Winnipeg, End Homelessness Winnipeg and other community resources, this initiative will provide the short-term financial help along with the longer-term supports people need to maintain their housing,” said Christina Maes Nino, executive director, MNPHA. “No landlord wants to evict someone because they are struggling financially and this will be a critical resource to keep people housed.”
Rent banks are a leading practice in stabilizing housing for those in need and have proven effective in helping to prevent homelessness. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected low-income households and this will be one more tool to stabilize housing in Manitoba.
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Do you need help now?
You can apply to the Rent Relief Fund starting May 31 at Manitobahelps.com or by phoning 204-222-2181; toll free 1-800-417-8830