Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, October 24, 1974 Lethbridge housing situation 'virtually unique9 Rent allowance increased for social assistance clients By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Lethbridge's "unique" housing situation has caused the department of health and social development regional office to increase rent allowances for city social assistance clients. Jim Common, a unit super- visor with the department, says there is such a housing shortage in Lethbridge that the province wide housing allowances set by the depart- ment to do not apply here. "Our situation is virtually unique when compared to Ed- monton and said Mr Common in an interview. "There's a lack of housing for everyone, not just assistance people. Previously, clients were allowed one rate if they were renting houses and a slightly lower one if living in an apartment. We did away with that and now have only one rent guideline, covenng all cases." Effective immediately, social assistance recipients renting a one bedroom ac- commodation are allowed two bedroom, and three bedroom a rare in- stance in apartments "We don't intend to give social assistance recipients more advantageous position than everyone else, as is sometimes he adds. "We want to put them on a competitive basis with other people, so they are not dis- criminated against, or at a financial disadvatnage when seeking accommodation." "What we've done is kept the rate formerly allowed on house rentals, and dropped the separate allowances for apartments This way, the social worker has a bit more leeway in dealing with in- dividual explains Mr. Common. Houses for rent are almost non existent in Lethbridge, he adds, so in essence clients' allowances are being increas- ed to cover apartment rates, in keeping with inflation. The cost of utilities is not included in the rental ceilings Under the former system, Lethbridge social assistance clients were allowed and respectively for one, two and three bedroom apartments. "We're dealing with an ex- treme situation says Mr. Common, "and we won't employ rigid guidelines. The social worker has built in authority to go beyond the ren- tal ceilings, if special cases warrant." He says the previous dual rate system "penalized" single people living on dis- ability and old age pensions who were required to live in housekeeping rooms which offer a lower standard of ac- commodation than one bedroom suites. "We're not prepared to relegate someone to a lower standard of living merely because they Social workers face acute housing shortage Social workers in the department of health and social development are faced with an acute shortage of accommodation for clients in transient and emergency situations. "It's all part of the supply and demand crisis in housing says supervisor Jim Common. "Other than hotels and motels, there is no place for those people who come to us for help in crisis situations." Boarding houses or light housekeeping rooms often provide a more appropriate and less expensive type of accom- modation, but are scarce in Lethbridge, says Mr. Common. Most of the department's clients requir- ing emergency assitance are families with children who need shelter overnight or for a few days at most, and single men who "crash" in the city with no jobs or money on hand. "Hotels and motels aren't really suitable for says Mr. Common. "There is also the problem of people who have had renting difficulties and have 'gotten a name for themselves' so boarding homes won't handle them. And there's not sufficient on going need for a single men's hostel here. Mr Common says the department has considered "contracting" a certain number of rooms on a continuous basis with local boarding houses, so social workers would always have alternate space available for emergencies. "We've made it known we'd pay for such space, whether it was used every night or adds Mr. Common. "But we've had either no takers or else people trying to take advantage of the situation, asking rates we consider unreasonable." Urban renewal is making DHSD social workers' jobs-difficult Mr. Common says recent renovation and construction in the downtown area has phased out older boarding homes and hotels which catered to short term tenants. Hotels too, are upgrading their services and fewer of them are serving meals in the price ranges We like to pay when providing occasional restaurant meals for clients without cooking says Mr. Com- mon. "Aside from the price, many hotels downtown are geared to business clientelle and do not serve meals after hours when most of our emergencies oc- cur." There are few eating spots of this sort open Sundays and holidays, adds Mr. Common, contributing to the after hours social worker's problems. Social assistance clients requiring a meal are given a voucher to a specific cafe which they exchange for the food. The department has agreements with certain restaurants whose managers will accept voucher payment. live says Mr. Com- mon. Rental rates in Calgary and Edmonton are equivalent and thus somewhat lowei than those in Lethbridge says Mr Common, "but we don't feel we can suggest to people that they move to Calgary, simply because accommodation is scarce here." "Essentially, the money allocated to social assistance rental costs within the province balances out, if peo- ple are paying less in Edmon- he adds. "We're fortunate in Lethbridge in that our un- employment rate is the lowest in says Mr. Com- mon "The vast majority of- social allowance clients are handicapped and mothers of dependent children with very few 'unemployed employables' included Department of health and social development regional administrators do not expect the Lethbridge housing shor- tage to alleviate and it "could get worse" adds Mr. Com- mon. Women with high IQs more sexually eager SYRACUSE, N Y. 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