Rent assistance helps people live in their homes affordably.
The government of Alberta has redesigned and improved its Rent Supplement Program to meet the needs of Albertans in these difficult times. The program includes:
A long-term benefit for those most in need: Rent Assistance Benefit (RAB)
A new temporary benefit for working Albertans and those between jobs: Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit (TRAB)
Civida is administering RAB and TRAB on behalf of the government of Alberta. In both cases, rent assistance is provided to recipients who have their own tenancy agreements outside of Civida-managed buildings, but cannot afford the total cost of rent. These programs are governed by the Rent Supplement Regulation and the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation.
Rent Assistance Benefit (RAB)
The Rent Assistance Benefit reopened on April 1, 2021. Formerly the Direct Rent Supplement, this long-term benefit will continue to subsidize Albertans with low income across the province.
Upcoming Payments for Rent Assistance Benefits
Rent Assistance Benefit payments will continue to be paid on the 5th business day before the end of the month. Upcoming payments for monthly subsidies will be released from our bank (RBC) on the dates below. Payments will only be given through direct deposit.
April 26, 2021 | May 25, 2021 | June 24, 2021 | July 26, 2021 | August 25, 2021
Learn more about the Rent Assistance Benefit (RAB)
Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit (TRAB)
The Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit will open to applications on May 1, 2021. This new temporary benefit will provide a modest subsidy to help eligible tenants afford their rent, while they stabilize or improve their situation.
Learn more about the Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit (TRAB)
Private Landlord Rent Supplement
Civida has some rental units that are managed by private landlords. If you are eligible to be housed in one of these units, you will only need to pay a portion of the rent. This amount is calculated by Civida based on household income or social housing rates.
Landlords of these units receive a monthly supplement from Civida for the difference between what the tenant pays and the market rental price for that unit. This way, your rent is reduced at no cost to the landlord.
Please note: The Private Landlord Rent Supplement program is closed to new applications and remains available for existing agreements only. All agreements will expire by 2029. Current recipients may transition to Rent Assistance Benefit (RAB) if they remain eligible. Please contact Civida if you have more questions.
Learn more about the Private Landlord Rent Supplement program