Rent Assistance

Rent Assistance Program

Westwinds Communities Rental Assistance Benefit (formerly the Direct to Tenant Rent Supplement) provides a long-term monthly rent subsidy to low income Albertans to afford their current rent.

Effective October 1, 2022, Westwinds Communities has adopted a residency requirement for all new applicants to Westwinds Affordable housing programs including seniors independent living, family community housing and the rental assistance benefit program.

Applicants who have maintained primary residency within the boundary of Foothills County, the County of Vulcan, the MD of Willow Creek north of highway 519 and the townsite of Bragg Creek for a period of not less than six (6) consecutive month’s immediately preceding completion of Westwinds application document are welcome to apply.

Preliminary Assessment

Household must meet the following criteria for the rent supplement program eligibility:

  • Households Total Income is below local income thresholds:
Community1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 Bedroom4 Bedroom
Black Diamond, Bragg Creek, Claresholm, Nanton, Turner Valley, Foothills County, MD Willow Creek, County of Vulcan$32,500$37,000$43,000$57,000
High River$39,000$42,500$50,000$58,000
Okotoks$35,500$41,000$46,000$53,500

Total income is considered to be: total gross income, including self‑employment income, from all sources, of all members of the household 15 years of age or older.

  • Has a total asset value of $25,000 or less;
  • Canadian citizens, individuals lawfully admitted into Canada for permanent residence, refugees sponsored by the Government of Canada, or individuals who have applied for refugee or immigration status and for whom private sponsorship has broken down; and
  • Current residency and housing to be located with the boundaries of communities south to Claresholm, north to Foothills County, west to Bragg Creek and East to the County of Vulcan. 

Program Highlights

  • Amount calculated based on household size, composition, income and local market rent.  The program has a minimium subsidy of $75.  The maximium monthly subsidy:
Community1 Bedroom2 Bedroom3 or more Bedroom
Black Diamond, Bragg Creek, Claresholm, Nanton, Turner Valley, Foothills County, County of Vulcan, MD Willow Creek$400$450$500
High River, Okotoks$500$550$600
  • Households are prioritized on a first come, first served basis.
  • Households must provide regular reporting and client eligibility is reassessed each year.

To Apply: Complete the application below and return to any Westwinds Communities Location.