SAFER: Shelter Aid for Elderly Residents The SAFER program provides direct cash assistance to eligible residents of BC age 60 and over who live in rental accommodations. The objective of the program is to ensure that older British Columbians need not spend an unreasonable portion of their income on rent. People may be eligible for the SAFER program if each of the following conditions are met: 1. Renting 2. 65 years or older and entitled to receive Canadian Old Age Security, or age 60 to 64 (Canadian citizen or landed immigrant) 3. have resided in Canada for 10 continuous years as an adult 4. either applicant or spouse has resided in BC for one year immediately prior to application 5. paying more than 30 per cent of their total income for rent For those who pay room and board, the rent portion is determined as half of the total room and board paid. Money paid for board or other personal services is not considered rent. * Residents of a care facility funded by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Social Services; * those whose rent is subsidized; * mobile home owners renting space for their home; and * member-shareholders in cooperative housing associations are not eligible for SAFER. Since income assistance recipients (other than those who are receiving the provincial Seniors Supplement or medical services only) are being assisted with their shelter costs they also are not eligible for SAFER. How does SAFER work? If a person is paying more than 30 per cent of total income toward rent, SAFER may a percentage of the amount which exceeds 30 per cent of income. Assistance is calculated to give greater benefits to low income seniors. Applications may be picked up at the SAFER office, 4th Floor, 1175 Douglas St. or call 953-4165.