BC and the Canadian Red Cross to provide housing support to those affected by wildfires

Starting in December, eligible households will receive $ 1,300 per month as they move into long-term housing.

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VICTORIA – The British Columbia government says it is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross to provide housing assistance to those affected by the wildfires this year.

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A Sunday press release from the Ministry of Public Security says the province will provide eligible households $ 1,300 per month starting in December as they move into long-term housing.

It says the financial aid will cover the temporary housing needs of eligible households that have been receiving short-term housing support since July.

The statement said that the Canadian Red Cross is also assisting with home repairs, reconstruction, and cleaning of properties.

The province’s 2021 wildfire season saw the destruction of the village of Lytton and homes razed in several other inland regions, but the BC Wildland Fire Service says it was not the worst season on record.

A 2021 wildfire recap says about $ 565 million was spent in the “tremendously challenging” period between April 1 and September 30, when 1,610 wildfires charred 8,682 square kilometers, mostly in the south and southeast of British columbia


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