SOCIAL ASSISTANCE
AND
RELATED PROGRAMS

("SARP")

1994

(Archive copy for historical purposes only)

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BENEFIT STRUCTURE

Basic Social Assistance (see footnote 1)

Newfoundland

The needs test is a procedure involving the following steps:

a) determining the requirements of the applicant in accordance with his circumstances and within the framework of the Regulations;

b) determining resources in the same manner;

c) determining the amount of assistance needed by ascertaining the amount by which requirements exceed resources.    Policy 102

Subject to the Act and to Regulation 8 (see "Note" p. 5.3.1.1), the maximum monthly amount of social assistance which may be granted by the appropriate regional director or a designated person is as follows:

a) Regular Assistance :  (food, clothing and personal care, fuel, household maintenance and utilities including telephone)    Policy Appendix H; Regulation 5(1)

1 adult*

no children

1 child

2 children

3 children

4 children

$ 393

484

527

567

608

2 adults

no children

1 child

2 children

3 children

4 children

$ 541

580

618

660

697

3 adults

no children

1 child

2 children

3 children

4 children

$ 633

676

714

751

807

* NOTE : Effective May 1, 1991, all single parents with dependent children under 18 years of age were granted an extra $55 monthly as regular assistance; this amount was increased to $57 monthly as of April 1992, and it is in addition to amounts appearing in this table.

Exceptions :

l) Able-bodied single persons under 50 years of age:

- living with relatives: $  89

- living with non-relatives: 130

- living in own home: 186

2) Childless couples both under 50 years of age:

- living with relatives: 183

- living with non-relatives: 250

- living in own home: 280

3) Childless couples both under 50 years of age

(spouse pregnant verified by medical certificate):

- living with relatives: 322

- living with non-relatives: 384

- living in own home: 406

NOTE : The Regional Director may approve amounts up to maximum rates under Social Assistance Regulations in extenuating circumstances, e.g., medical needs for periods up to seven months.    Regulation 5

b) Rent :

- in the case of a single adult in a rented room or apartment, the maximum rental allowance that may be granted by a social worker is $149 monthly;

- in the case a family occupying a rented apartment or house, the maximum monthly rental allowance that may be granted by an officer of the Department is $372 (with the Regional Director's approval);

NOTES :

1. When heat and/or light are included in the cost of rent, regular assistance shall be decreased by the following monthly amounts:

i) apartment or house:

- heat only included $  49

-   light only included 27

- heat and light included 76

ii) bed-sitting room:

  - heat only included 49

- light only included 12

- heat and light included 61

2. When actual rent exceeds the maximum rent allowance and includes heat and/or electricity, an amount up to the appropriate maximum deductible shown above (No. 1) may be added to the rent allowance.    Policy 106(c, d) "Note"

3. When two or more families, each of which is receiving social assistance, live together in a single housing unit with each being responsible for an equal share of the rent, each family may receive up to the maximum social assistance entitlement for non-shelter needs (see "a" above).  The only reduction in the pre-added budget entitlement may occur when heat and/or electricity costs are included in rental costs (see "b" above).  The amount of regular assistance payable will not be reduced in cases where the cost of fuel is shared by two or more families.    Policy 105 (e), 105(g)(3)

c) Mortgage :

For payment of principal and interest on a mortgage, to an adult or family, where the mortgage has been given as security for the purchase price or renovations to the home occupied by the adult or family:

-  up to $149 monthly for an adult;

-  up to $372 monthly for a family.

NOTES :

1. The above amounts are not intended to cover situations where clients have increased the life of a mortgage by refinancing or taking on additional expenses. Mortgages, therefore, should be reviewed at least once every year.

2. Since April 1992, municipal property taxes are paid for those clients who receive social assistance for more than 90 consecutive days during a calendar year.

d) Board and Lodging :

1) Where the landlord is not a relative, for board and lodging and clothing and personal care:

- in respect of an adult or child 16 years of age or $ 372 older:

- in respect of a child under 16 years of age:  163

2) Where the landlord is a relative, for board and lodging and clothing and personal care:

- in respect of an adult or a child 16 years of age or older:  236

- in respect of a child under 16 years of age:   80

3) Miscellaneous board and lodging:    Policy 114(c)

- assis­tance may be granted at the prevailing rate in the community but must not exceed $15 per day for an adult and $10 per day for a child up to 12 years of age, except with the approval of the Minister.

e) For municipal taxes :  an amount as levied by a municipality or a local service district as taxes or for services provided in any form during the period a person is in receipt of social assistance, provided that the period during which the person is in receipt of social assistance is greater than 90 days during the calendar year.   Regulation 5(1)(m)

Special provisions for the disabled can be found in Section 5.3.1.

FOOTNOTES

1: The most recent basic social assistance rate change in Newfoundland was made effective April 1, 1992 (Circular SA-14-92).  In May 1991, the Newfoundland government also added a heating supplement for residents of the island portion of the province - see section 5.3.1 page 1 "a" (Nfld. Reg. 95/91).

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