Shelter Allowance Program

You may be eligible for the shelter allowance program if you spend too much of your budget on rent and you are in any of the following situations:

  • You are 50 or older and live alone.
  • You are a member of a couple and you or your spouse is 50 or older.
  • You are a member of a low-income household (composed of workers, students or income-security recipients, for example) with at least one dependent child.

The shelter allowance program applies to:

  • homeowners
  • tenants
  • rooming house occupants
  • any individual who shares a dwelling with one or more other occupants

The shelter allowance program takes into account the number of persons in your household, the type of household you live in, your income and your monthly rent.

You may receive a monthly allowance of up to $80, which is paid every month by cheque or direct deposit. As a rule, you will begin receiving the allowance one month after you file your application. We review the amount of the allowance once a year.

Check to see whether or not you qualify for the shelter allowance program

2017-2018 Program Year
Number of people in your household Type of household Your monthly rent is more than* Your household's annual income is less than**
* If you pay your own electricity or heating, you may qualify for the shelter allowance program even if your rent is less than the amount shown.
** This is household income for the 2016 taxation year.

One adult

One adult and one child

Rooming house occupant aged 50 or over

Rooming house occupant with one dependent child living in the rooming house

$198 $16,682

One adult

Individual aged 50 or over

$308 $16,682

Two adults

One adult and one child

Childless couple in which at least one of the partners is aged 50 or over

Single-parent family with one child

$398 $26,128

Two adults and one child

One adult and two children

Couple with one child

Single-parent family with two children

$434 $26,128

Two adults and two children

One adult and three children

Couple with two children

Single-parent family with three children

$460 $26,128

Two adults and three or more children

One adult and four or more children

Couple with three or more children

Single-parent family with four or more children

$486 $26,128

You are not eligible for the shelter allowance program if:

  • you live in a low rental housing unit (HLM) or a government-funded health and social services centre 
  • you receive a rent supplement or another housing subsidy 
  • you or your spouse, where applicable, have belongings or cash amounts that exceed $50,000 in value (excluding the value of your residence, land, furniture and car)

To receive the shelter allowance, you and your spouse, if you have one, must have filed your Québec income tax return. Moreover, you must meet the program's eligibility criteria and enclose the required documents along with your application. Note that only one person per couple can apply. The amount of the allowance will be the same regardless of who in the couple files the application.

If you think you qualify for the shelter allowance program, contact us to request a Shelter Allowance Application or Renewal Form (form LEX-165-V). Please note that this form is not available online.

For more information, consult brochure IN-165-V, Shelter Allowance Program, or visit the Allocation-logement page of the website of the Société d'habitation du Québec.

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