Learner Policy & Procedures

Published Date: March 29, 2012
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Learner Income Support Benefits

Non-Continuous Supplementary Benefits

Damage Deposit

AUTHORITY

Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, Section 14(b)
Full-Time Learners: Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Labour)
Full-Time Learners: Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Advanced Education)

INTENT

To assist learners escaping abuse to obtain accommodation.

POLICY

The Government of Alberta may pay the cost of a damage deposit necessary to obtain accommodation if:

  • a household is establishing a new residence in order to escape an abusive situation, regardless of the abused household member’s relationship to the abuser, and

     

  • requires a damage deposit to obtain rental accommodation

     

  • it has not been provided previously for the same place/time through Income Support as Expected To Work (ETW)/Barriers to Full Employment (BFE).

The learner household may receive the benefit as long as their relocation occurs during their period of training (e.g., a learner may spend 30 days at a shelter and then three months with family or friends before securing their own accommodation).

Rate

  • must not exceed the maximum applicable Core Shelter Benefit

PROCEDURE

Learners may request this benefit by submitting a Change in Circumstances form, and providing necessary documentation.

Substantiation

Evidence of abuse may include:

  • service manager’s knowledge of learner’s situation, or
  • evidence from a reliable source (e.g., police, doctor, nurse practitioner, or women’s shelter).

The amount of the damage deposit may be substantiated by:

  • word of the learner, or
  • lease agreement, or
  • letter from landlord, caretaker, owner, or management company.

APPROVAL

Learner Benefit Coordinator, Learner Income Support Office (LISO)