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AISH Program Policy

Published Date: March 01, 2014
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Benefits

Personal Benefits

Emergency

AUTHORITY

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped Act, section 3
Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped General Regulation, sections 2 and 4; Schedule 3, section 11

INTENT

To assist clients and their dependent children in an emergency situation.

POLICY

In order to receive a personal benefit, the eligibility criteria as outlined in the Personal Benefits section must be met.

AISH provides an emergency benefit to assist clients and their dependent children with costs for reasonable and essential goods and services in an emergency situation that is beyond their control.

An emergency situation is one where AISH determines that the health or safety of the client or their dependent child is immediately at risk.

The emergency benefit may cover the cost of:

Accommodation Rate

  • Actual cost of the most economical accommodation for a maximum of two weeks or until alternate accommodation is found. In exceptional circumstances, an additional two weeks may be granted.

Child Care Rate

  • Actual most economical rate for emergency child care not included in the Child Care Benefit.

Damage Deposit Rate

  • Up to $350 for single clients or clients with cohabiting partners and up to $1000 for clients with dependent children, once in a three year period. Additional benefits within the three year period and benefits that exceed these maximums may be granted in exceptional circumstances.
  • If additional benefits are provided within the three year period, they will be subject to repayment.

Eviction Due to Outstanding Rental Arrears Rate

  • Up to $350 for single clients or clients with cohabiting partners and up to $1000 for clients with dependent children, once in a three year period. Additional benefits within the three year period and benefits that exceed these maximums may be granted in exceptional circumstances.
  • If additional benefits are provided within the three year period, they will be subject to repayment.

Food Rate

  • Actual cost of food to a maximum of $20 per day per client; and
  • Actual cost of food to a maximum of $15 per day per dependent child.

Other Emergency Goods and Services Rate

  • A one-time payment for the actual cost of reasonable and essential goods or services to a maximum of $1,000 per circumstance.
  • A client may be required to repay any amount issued.

Repairs to Principal Residence or Major Appliances Rate

  • Actual cost of reasonable essential repairs to a principal residence or major appliances that are owned by the client or their cohabiting partner.

Replacement Clothing Rate

  • Actual cost of clothing to a maximum of $214 per client; and
  • Actual cost of clothing to a maximum of $160 per dependent child.

Transportation Rate

  • Actual most economical emergency transportation rate not included in the Travel Benefit.

Utility Arrears Rate

  • Actual cost of utility arrears that must be paid in order to access utility services or to prevent a disconnection of utility services, once in a three year period.
  • Additional benefits for the same utility may be granted within the three year period and are subject to repayment.