Nova Scotians will no longer need home address to get income assistance

People who don’t have a home address, but also don’t want to live in a shelter, will soon be able to apply for income assistance.

Nova Scotia’s Department of Community Services is ending a long-standing policy that only people who can provide a home address can get assistance.

Community Services Minister Kelly Regan called the move “a natural evolution” of a decades-old policy many people said made no sense. The change will take effect July 1.

Regan said people will still need to provide an address to the provincial government, but it could be a community group or organization and it won’t have to be where a person lives.

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