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RENTAL HOUSING PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

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Manitoba Housing has two programs that provide rental housing assistance to individuals, seniors and families:

If at any time you have questions about eligibility you can contact us by calling 204 945-4663 or toll-free if outside of Winnipeg at 1-800-661-4663. You can also use the convenient form on our Contact Us page or email us directly at housing@gov.mb.ca.

To be eligible, applicants must have incomes below the Program Income Limits (PILs) for each program.  The Program Income Limits are established annually by Manitoba Housing and are effective January 1 each year.  To be eligible for these programs you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or refugee.
  • Be a person 18 years of age or older.
  • Be able to live independently in a self contained unit.
  • Have a good rental history including past and present landlord reference checks.
  • Meet the program income limits outlined below:. 

Social Housing Rental Program:

This program provides long-term housing for low-income households whose total household income is below the posted Social Housing Program Income Limit.

2016 Social Housing Rental Program Income Limits

Community Studio 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4+ 
Bedroom
How are the number of bedrooms I may be eligible for determined?*
Winnipeg   $23,000 $33,500 $43,000 $47,500 $57,000
Southern Other Urban/ Rural Brandon $20,000 $28,000 $35,000 $44,000 $51,500
Dauphin $19,000 $25,500 $29,500 $44,000 $49,500
Portage La Prairie $18,500 $26,000 $32,000 $44,000 $49,500
Selkirk $20,000 $27,500 $33,000 $46,000 $49,500
Steinbach $21,000 $28,000 $33,500 $44,000 $49,500
Winkler $19,000 $27,000 $31,500 $44,000 $49,500
Northern Other Urban/Rural Thompson $21,000 $29,000 $36,000 $44,000 $49,500
The Pas/Flin Flon $18,500 $26,000 $33,500 $44,000 $49,500
Churchill $20,000 $23,000 $33,500 $35,500 $40,000
Southern Non-Market   $17,500 $24,500 $29,500 $39,500 $44,500
Northern Non-Market   $16,500 $24,500 $28,500 $39,000 $44,500


2016 Social Housing Rental Program Rents:

The rent is calculated as a percentage (less than 30%) of total household before-tax income. (See examples below)

When calculating the total before-tax income the following income sources will be excluded:

  • Child Tax benefit
  • income tax refund
  • GST refund
  • living-out or traveling allowances of any household member
  • monies received from insurance settlements, inheritance, disability awards, sale of effects or capital gains
  • income, in whatever form received, of children or of dependants if such children or dependants are attending school full time
  • a deduction of up to $1,000.00 per year for employment earnings of a single parent or single income couple with children in full time attendance at school. For a couple with children in full time attendance at school where both parents are working only one parent can claim the deduction

Examples of what your monthly rent may be under the Social Housing Rental Program:

Example #1:

  • If you are a family with two (2) dependent children (one (1) boy & one (1) girl)
    • Your location is in Winnipeg
    • Your total yearly combined household income is $30,000.00 before taxes
    • Your total yearly combined household income after the above mentioned exclusions and the $1,000.00 work related deduction is $25,000.00
  • You would be eligible for three (3) bedrooms* and your monthly rent geared to income (RGI) rent would be $562.50 per month not including utilities (27% of the total yearly household income after exclusions and deductions)

Example #2:

  • If you are an individual senior who is 55 years of age or over living in Winnipeg
    • Your location is in Winnipeg
    • Your total yearly income is $20,000.00 before taxes
    • Your total yearly combined household income after the above mentioned exclusions is $19,500.00
  • You would be eligible for a studio* and your monthly rent geared to income (RGI) rent would be $406.25 per month not including utilities (25% of the total yearly income after exclusions and deductions)

* How are the number bedrooms I may be eligible for determined?

The National Occupancy Standards are our guidelines. These standards set the following requirements: 

  • Not less than one and not more than two persons may occupy a single bedroom.
  • Parents and children do not use the same bedroom.
  • Single persons 18 and over have a separate bedroom.
  • Children five and over do not share a bedroom with another person of the opposite sex.

To find the catchment area for your community view a detailed list of Rental Housing Program Community Catchment Areas for 2015/16

Affordable Housing Rental Program:

This program is for lower-moderate income households whose total household income is below the posted Program Income Limit.  The household will pay an affordable rent based on median rents in the private market.  Affordable Rents are established annually by Manitoba Housing and are effective January 1 of each year. (See examples below)

2016 Affordable Housing Rental Program Income Limits

Household without children $52,253
Family Household (families with children or dependants) $69,671

2016 Affordable Housing Rental Program Rents -
Includes Essential Utilities (heat, water and sewer)

Community Studio 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4+ 
Bedroom
How are the number of bedrooms I may be eligible for determined?*
Winnipeg and Catchment   $579 $842 $1,074 $1,182 $1,425
Southern Other Urban/ Rural Brandon $504 $695 $870 $1,097 $1,293
Dauphin $480 $638 $743 $1,097 $1,240
Portage La Prairie $458 $643 $798 $1,097 $1,240
Selkirk $503 $688 $823 $1,144 $1,240
Steinbach $527 $700 $832 $1,097 $1,240
Winkler $480 $668 $788 $1,097 $1,240
Northern Other Urban/Rural Thompson $ 527 $731 $898 $1,097 $1,240
The Pas/Flin Flon $458 $643 $833 $1,097 $1,240
Churchill $520 $590 $860 $910 $1,020
Southern Non-Market   $431 $608 $738 $985 $1,114
Northern Non-Market   $412 $608 $706 $978 $1,114

 

2016 Affordable Housing Rental Program Rents -
No Utilities Included

Community Studio 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4+ 
Bedroom
How are the number of bedrooms I may be eligible for determined?*

Winnipeg and Catchment

  $551 $759 $991 $1,039 $1,250
Southern Other Urban/ Rural Brandon $476 $612 $788 $954 $1,118
Dauphin $452 $555 $660 $954 $1,065
Portage La Prairie $430 $560 $716 $954 $1,065
Selkirk $475 $605 $740 $1,002 $1,065
Steinbach $499 $617 $750 $954 $1,065
Winkler $452 $585 $705 $954 $1,065
Northern Other Urban/Rural Thompson $499 $648 $816 $954 $1,065
The Pas/Flin Flon $430 $560 $750 $954 $1,065
Churchill Not applicable
Southern Non-Market   $403 $525 $655 $842 $939
Northern Non-Market   $384 $525 $624 $835 $939


2016 Affordable Housing Rental Program Rents:

Examples of what your monthly rent may be under the Affordable Housing Rental Program:

Example #1:

  • If you are a family with two (2) dependent children (one (1) boy & one (1) girl)
    • You would be eligible for three (3) bedrooms*
    • Your location is in Steinbach
    • Your total yearly combined household income is $50,000.00 before taxes
  • Your monthly Affordable rent would be $1,097.00 per month where heat, water and sewer are included in the rent or $954.00 per month where these utilities are not included in the rent and billed separately.

Example #2:

  • If you are a senior couple who are both 55 years of age or over
    • You would be eligible for one (1) bedroom*
    • Your location is in The Pas
    • Your total yearly income is $35,000.00 before taxes
  • Your monthly Affordable rent would be $643.00 per month where heat, water and sewer are included in the rent or $560.00 per month where these utilities are not included in the rent and billed separately.

* How are the number bedrooms I may be eligible for determined?

The National Occupancy Standards are our guidelines. These standards set the following requirements: 

  • Not less than one and not more than two persons may occupy a single bedroom.
  • Parents and children do not use the same bedroom.
  • Single persons 18 and over have a separate bedroom.
  • Children five and over do not share a bedroom with another person of the opposite sex.

To find the catchment area for your community view a detailed list of Rental Housing Program Community Catchment Areas for 2016

 

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