The provincial government announced that it is increasing support for Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) clients with high needs and complex challenges who are at risk of homelessness.
Government officials said the Ministry of Social Services will begin providing direct payments of housing benefits available for rent, utilities and security deposits on behalf of these specific clients.
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The ministry is also investing an additional $ 113,000 in 2021-22 to expand money management and fiduciary management services provided through organizations currently contracted by 25 percent, to help more clients with complex needs, a statement read press on Friday.
“Since the launch of the SIS program in 2019, we have been listening to feedback and reviewing the program to consider whether it needed adjustments,” Social Services Minister Lori Carr said in a statement.
“While most clients have managed to manage their money and pay their own bills, we recognize that some clients with high needs require additional support, and we are providing it.”
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Officials said there are additional dollars available in addition to the base amounts for people in the SIS program, including those who are homeless and / or who have just transitioned to the new program. This includes stabilization benefits to ensure stable housing and additional dollars for emergency situations.
SIS clients can contact their income assistance worker for more information on the supports available to them.
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