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Saskatchewan Changing Criteria For People To Get Into Social Housing

07/24/2012 03:34 EDT | Updated 09/23/2012 05:12 EDT
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SASKATOON - Saskatchewan is changing the criteria for people to get into social housing.

All rental rates will be based on 30 per cent of household income and other factors will be considered, including the safety and condition of a person's existing home and whether a person is a victim of domestic violence.

The income limits include $32,000 per year for a one-bedroom place, up to $57,000 for a four-bedroom home, and a cap on rent, currently at $800, is being removed.

Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Board Chair Keith Hanson says the changes are necessary when the province's housing market is taken into account.

Minister of Social Services June Draude (DROWH'-dee) says these changes will give people living in the poorest housing conditions better access to the program.

The changes will be implemented in Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, and Prince Albert this fall, and in the smaller centres within the next year.

(CJWW)