Employment and Income Assistance
Rent Assist is a financial benefit for people who receive Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) and have housing costs to cover. It is also available to other low-income private renters.
Rent Assist can help people move successfully into training and jobs. By combining shelter benefits inside and outside of EIA, the benefit program is simpler, and moves with people as their situations change.
Rent Assist helps two groups of Manitobans who may need help with their housing costs.
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EIA Fact Sheet
1. Manitobans receiving EIA will receive Rent Assist if they have housing costs. Rent Assist will be included with monthly EIA payments.
The amount of the Rent Assist benefit for people receiving EIA will be based on things like:
- rental costs
- mortgage payments, taxes and other fees for those who own their own home
- the number of people in the family
- if the family lives in Manitoba Housing, has other subsidized housing benefits or is paying rent in unsubsidized housing
- whether utility costs (ex: heat, electricity, water) are included in the rent
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2. Rent Assist can also help with the cost of rent for low-income Manitobans who are renting or paying room and board in unsubsidized housing.
The amount paid from Rent Assist will depend on the number of people in the household and the total household income.
- pay rent or room and board for unsubsidized housing
- have an annual net household income of less than $25,584 for a single person, $29,040 for two persons, $36,384 for three or four persons, or $40,608 for five or more persons.
- have dependent children in the home and have a household income of less than $36,384 for two to four persons, or $40,800 for five or more persons.
- are a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident of Canada.
- they rent their home from Manitoba Housing
- they, or the unit they live in, gets any other kind of housing benefit or subsidy
- they live on a First Nations reserve
- they live in a nursing home, hospital or residential care facility
- they live in student housing
- they are a member of a religious order, living in an accommodation that is provided to members.
To apply for non-EIA Rent Assist, you can download an application form, or call Provincial Services at 204-945-2197 in Winnipeg; 1-877-587-6224 toll free; or TTY 204-948-3698 to have an application form mailed to you.
If you apply for EIA benefits, your eligibility for Rent Assist will also be assessed. To apply for EIA, call 204-948-4000 in Winnipeg; toll free at 1-877-812-0014; or 1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service).
To find an office near you, go to the website.
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Non-EIA Rent Assist
Toll Free: 1-877-587-6224
Department of Families
100 - 114 Garry Street
Winnipeg MB R3C 4V4
After-Hours (emergency only):
Toll Free : 1-866-559-6778
TTY: 1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service)