Rent Supplement Information

The Rent Supplement Program is intended to assist households in need to obtain affordable and suitable rental housing accommodations by subsidizing rents in the private sector.
The Rent Supplement program is governed by the Rent Supplement Regulation and the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation.

The Rent Supplement program is administered by Lethbridge Housing Authority on behalf of the Government of Alberta and is delivered through the Direct to Tenant Rent Supplement Program and the Private Landlord Rent Supplement Program.

To determine if you eligible, you must complete an application form. Please include all applicable documents. Once completed, you can either submit it by mail, by fax, or drop it off at our business office.

Priority is decided based on a points system in the Social Housing Accommodation Regulation. The higher points an applicant has, the higher their priority is. If your information changes at any time, please contact us and let us know – this may impact your point score.

Rent Assistance Benefit
The Rent Assistance Benefit (formerly the Direct to Tenant Rent Supplement) intake will open on April 1, 2021. The Rent Assistance Benefit is a long-term benefit available to subsidize the rent for Albertans with low income.

Benefit features:
  • paid directly to tenants
  • available through most housing management bodies across Alberta
  • households are eligible if they are below local income thresholds
  • amount is calculated based on household income and local market rent
  • households are prioritized based on need
  • may be renewed annually
  • no limit to benefit renewals if eligible

Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit

The Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit intake will open on May 1, 2021. The Temporary Rent Assistance Benefit provides a modest subsidy for working households with low income or those between jobs. Support is intended to help eligible tenants afford their rent while they stabilize or improve their situation. Benefit features:
  • paid directly to tenants
  • available in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer
  • households are eligible if they are employed or have been employed in the last 24 months and are not receiving social assistance, including:
    • Income Support
    • Learner Income Support
    • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
    • Alberta Seniors Benefit
    • Guaranteed Income Supplement
    • Old Age Security
  • amount calculated based on household size and location – will be reduced in the second year
  • two-year limit with eligibility reassessed after the first year
  • households are prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis
  • households can reapply for rent assistance at the end of 2 years


For more information, visit the Government of Alberta Affordable Housing Program Announcement webpage.