Provincial housing support coming for people affected by B.C. wildfires

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Financial help is on the way for British Columbians forced to leave their homes due to wildfires this past summer.

The provincial government said it will provide $1,300 per month to eligible households while they transition to long-term housing.

The assistance is meant to help meet the interim housing needs of people who have been receiving short-term accommodation supports through Emergency Support Services (ESS) since July. It will be facilitated through an agreement with the Canadian Red Cross, starting in December, according to a release from the province.

The Canadian Red Cross will contact eligible households to assess their needs and discuss next steps to help cover their interim housing needs and find longer-term solutions.

The organization will also assist eligible homeowners with repairs and reconstruction, according to the release.

Additional support may include helping to understand insurance and community resources, planning for rebuilding and returning home and access to mental health services.

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