Social Development Updates 2016

Dec. 23/16

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Important news for Snuneymuxw First Nations (SFN) Social Development

Mid-month distribution is Jan. 11, 2017

Main SA day is January 25, 2017

Hampers will distributed from the front of the administration building at 668 Centre Street from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on January 4, 2017. 

In the spirit of health and wellness of our community, we are offering FREE Snuneymuxw Recreation Centre fitness passes for social assistance recipients 16 years old and over. 

Please contact Mariah at the GYM @ 250-741-0158.

Service Canada Pension Question and Answer Session

When: Jan. 9th, 2017 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Where: SFN Chief and Council Chambers

Lunch will be served

Please register with Celestine Aleck of your attendance and need for transportation.

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Welcome Charlene Paul

Hello SFN members. As you may know that I have been recently hired as part of the Social Development team. I am mother of four children, Andrew, Dean, Deanna and Jeremy White. I am the daughter of Gayle White and granddaughter to late Josephine Good. I look forward to working with the SFN community members.

I have worked for several years with the SFN daycare and completed my Early Childhood Education with the Special Needs with Infant and Toddler Program at VIU.

I am looking forward to working with our SFN community members.

Filing Your Income Taxes

Please come out and ask Service Canada about Canada Child Tax Credit information or Canada Revenue all your questions.

Service Canada information and question session for community:

When: Dec 5th, 2016 at 1:00-3:00 pm

Where: SFN Chief and Council Chambers

Light snacks available

 

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Watch for upcoming seminars and workshops that Violet will be hosting in the coming months – more information coming soon!

Please keep your eye open for future upcoming dates for the Mandatory Employment Workshops.

Huychqa Siem!

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Social Development News Flash!
The Social Development would like to acknowledge a new member part of our team. Please give a warm welcome to Violet Elliott as the Cultural Life Skills Coordinator. Violet is a Snuneymuxw First Nations community member. Her parents are Loretta Manson and Mark Johnnie.

Violet has vast experience in the area of life skills facilitation, one to one counselling and cultural competency.  She brings tools that will assist and support our Income Assistance community members.

Violet will be connecting with ALL Employable Social Assistance clients to book appointments to assist with life-skill development and goal setting.
It will be Mandatory for the Employable Social Development clients to book appointments with Violet. This process will identify individual community needs.  Violet’s appointment days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Band office.

Violet will be doing a meet and greet in the future.  Please keep your eye open for the next upcoming dates for the Mandatory Employment Workshops.
Huychqa Siem!

Persons With Disabilities BC Bus Pass Update:  
Starting September 1, 2016, there will be an increase for PWD client’s basic support on a monthly basis.
For those who have a current  Bus Pass you will have the option of keeping the bus pass OR having a $52.00 “transportation allowance” added to your cheque each month.
All those who have already received the Special Transportation Subsidy (STS) allowance for this fiscal year will NOT be entitled to the $52.00 a month until March 31st 2017.
Please let the Social Development team know by Aug 5th 2016 of your decision.
 

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Effective Immediately
 

All income assistance clients can earn money while on income assistance.
• Single employable and childless couples can earn up to $200 per month without deductions.
• All families with children can now earn up to $400 without deductions
• A family where one person is classified as PPMB (Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers) or both then you can earn up to $500 per month without deductions
• Disabled persons with PWD (Persons with Disability) designation can earn $800 per month
• A family where one has PWD (Persons with Disability) classification can earn without penalty $1000
• Where both adults have PWD (Persons with Disability) designation, a family can earn up to $1600 per month

Please contact the SA department if you have any questions.

 

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EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP FINAL NOTICE:

NO SHOW  =  NO CHEQUE

For ALL “Employable” SA clients
There will be a 15 minute grace period which means NO ONE will be allowed in after 15 minutes from the start time.

There will be Employment Workshops held at the Chief and Council Chambers on various dates which are mandatory for SA clients to attend.

May 2nd 2016 will be the next date.
Traditional Lunch @ 12:00
There will be Elder guest speakers sharing from 12:45-2:30
And transportation provided, please call Leanor or Karen to arrange for pick up.

According to, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada- they describe Policy 2.2- Termination of Benefits:

“Social assistance payments cease when a recipient no longer meets conditions of eligibility… Recipients should be made aware that assistance may be terminated, for the following reasons:

Refusal or abandonment of employment opportunity
Refusal to participate in an appropriate training or rehabilitation program”

If Social assistance clients are a no show for these employment workshops they will not receive their next SA as the clients have been advised of the policy 2.2

Social assistance shall be terminated with the payment for the period during which the recipient ceases to meet the conditions of eligibility.Whenever a decision is made to terminate the client’s benefits, the client has the right to appeal the decision with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

HYDRO BILLS

Social Development is going to try something new, which is to assist clients with developing new life skills.

In July 2016, Social Development will be accepting copies of BC Hydro bills to add to client files to keep updating the “equal installment rates” for each client.

Social development is allowed to pay the equal installments ONLY which is provided on client’s BC Hydro bill and Social Development will no longer be making payments directly to BC Hydro. We will be adding your BC Hydro payment to your SA cheque for you to pay directly.

It will be the YOUR responsibility to CHECK YOUR MAIL REGULARLY and to BRING IN A COPY OF YOUR BILL.

NO BILL = NO PAYMENT

On Social Assistance day clients will have the responsibility to pay their BC Hydro bill either through the bank teller or on a computer creating a BC Hydro account.

A copy of BC Hydro bills will be kept on file.

 

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Employable Clients

Currently to date SFN has 78 employable clients. Our goal is to provide support and training opportunities for clients to aid in the process of getting back into the work field.

Social Development strives to get all income assistance clients off income assistance to gain employment training and work. We would like to hear your voice on future training or career opportunities.   

The next mandatory training is set for April 4, 2016

This is written notice to inform ALL employable Income Assistance clients that according to the Social Development policy 2.2 -Termination of benefits- refusal to participate in an appropriate training or rehabilitation program will result in Social Development closing your file.

FAILURE TO SHOW for any employment workshops- will result with your SA file being closed. Whenever a decision is made to terminate the client’s benefits, the client has a right to appeal the decision with The Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada by picking up an administrative review form from Social Development.

Updated 2016 Calendar to download below.

Thank you!

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Thank you! To Quality Foods and all individuals that contributed to our yearly food hampers.

Thank you! To all individuals that contributed to our yearly coat drive.

 

Please note:
Drop in clients will only be seen on Mondays and Wednesdays with the exception of the Wednesday SA days. Appointments will be made for those clients who have application renewals on Thursdays.

No SA clients will be seen outside of these days. No calls will be taken on cheque days.

No one will be able pick up other people's SA cheques unless they are in the hospital or a treatment center.

BC Hydro Disconnections and deposits:
SA can support these disconnections and deposits on a ONE-TIME only basis. Please ensure you are paying your BC Hydro bills fully every month. SA is responsible to pay your equal installment only. Anything over this amount is your responsibility.

Please do not come in on the day your hydro will be disconnected. Please be aware of your bills and the due dates so you are able to call BC hydro a head of time to make proper arrangements for payment arrangements.

 

 

Please note:  

Drop in clients will only be seen on Mondays and Wednesday's with the exception of the Wednesday SA days. Appointments will be made for those clients who have application renewals on Thursdays.

No SA clients will be seen outside of these days.
No calls will be taken on cheque days.
No one will be able pick up other people's SA cheques unless they are in the hospital or a treatment center.

 

Tax Filing Assistance for Social Development Clients

Clients with PPMB or PWD classification, Income Tax Filing is available with TAX AID DABC

Call or email Sam.

SAM TURCOTT at 1-800-6631278 or email him at

taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org

  • Sam will assist with filing income taxes through one to one meetings
  • Help gather tax slips and other necessary documents
  • Provide advice and information (in person or by phone and /or email) about filing income tax returns.
  • Provide referrals to organizations in clients’ community
  • Access additional advice and support for clients with more complex tax returns

Don’t delay!  Call today!

 

 

Deductions that are still outstanding will be reflected on your next SA cheque

 

Appointments need to be made with Social Development when you are bringing in hydro disconnection notices. Please don’t drop off and assume we know what to do with your bill. Repayment agreements need to be discussed. We need to determine if you are entitled to a repayment agreement.

 

Social development only has a responsibility to pay up to the maximum equal installment amount on all hydro bills. This will depend on what your rental amounts are and whether you are entitled to this based on your family unit size and shelter allowance. We encourage all SA clients to talk to BC hydro about getting on equal installments to better manage your account. 

 

Please talk to BC hydro about getting tax exemption on your hydro bills. For this you need a photo copy of your status card and to complete a tax exemption form signed by you and then faxed to BC hydro.

 

Cheques are processed on Tuesday and Thursday only. Please keep this in mind.

 

All new applications will be processed once all the required documentation is received.

 

Those clients with outstanding documentation for your SA files (eg.id for kids or spouse, hydro bills, 2014 taxes) please get this in ASAP to avoid interruption of service.

 

PLEASE NOTE: the Social Development Department will be looking at scheduling drop in days in the very near future for all SA matters to be dealt with.

 

IMPORTANT – Social Development updating files

Within the next couple months client files and deductions will be updated.

Please be advised that we will be working on deductions and if you have any questions or concerns to please contact Leanor Wyse or Karen Ahenakew at the SFN office.

Thank you kindly