Family Assistance Program

Department of Community Services

August 27, 2001 1:02 PM

The Nova Scotia government is again providing $250 to low-income
working families.

The Family Assistance Program provides $250 to families that have
a net income less than $16,500 and have one or more children
under the age of 19. To be eligible, families must not have
received any form of income assistance for more than three months
in 2000. Applications for the program are now available.

"We need to recognize that in Nova Scotia more children live in
poverty in working families than in families that receive income
assistance," said Community Services Minister Peter Christie.
"The Family Assistance Program is one part of our effort to
address child poverty in this province."

Other programs and services that address child poverty include
the Nova Scotia Child Benefit, subsidized child care, Children
and Youth Action Committee, literacy programs, Community Action
Programs for Children, community partnerships and funding to
community groups. The Department of Community Services also
provides help to families under its income assistance program. It
assisted low-income working families last year by offering the
Family Assistance Program.

Applications and information for the Family Assistance Program
are available at Access Nova Scotia centres and Registry of Motor
Vehicle offices throughout the province and on the Web site of
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations at
www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr . Applications must be completed and received
by Dec. 31.

For more information on the Family Assistance Program, call 1-
800-670-4357 or download information from the Web site at
www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr .


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The Nova Scotia Government is providing $250 to low-income

working families with children under the age of 19.

     The Family Assistance Program provides $250 to families with

a net income less than 16-thousand 500 dollars.

     Applications and information are available through Access

Nova Scotia centres and Registry of Motor Vehicle offices.

     Community Services Minister Peter Christie says the program

is one part of the provincial government's effort to address

child poverty in Nova Scotia.

     The deadline for applications is December 31st.

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Contact: Tom Peck
         Department of Community Services
         902-424-4326
         E-mail: peckto@gov.ns.ca

         Nadine Tanner
         Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Affairs
         902-424-5378
         E-mail: tannernm@gov.ns.ca

ddo                      August 27, 2001                 12:53 P.M.