Rent Assistance Program - Preventing homelessness

AHCS and the Mennonite Central Committee are partners in this project.
The Fraser Valley Rent Assistance Project provides one time emergency loans and grants for families and individuals who are at risk of losing their homes. Loans/Grants are provided to pay for security deposits, utility deposits and arrears and rent. Participants also have the opportunity to build knowledge and skills in effective money management and to rebuild or establish a credit rating.

The objectives of the Fraser Valley Rent Assistance Project are to:

  • Secure stable housing or prevent eviction;
  • Avoid utility disconnection or re-connect utilities;
  • Build knowledge and skills in effective money management;
  • Rebuild or establish a credit rating.

Loans/Grants are provided to pay for security deposits, utility deposits, utility arrears, and rental arrears. In the case of loans, participants of the program are expected to repay their loan monthly over a 2-year period and participate in two Financial Literacy skills workshops on topics such as budgeting, and responsible consumerism.

Substance Use Services

The services provided are:

  • Prevention programs and resource information for surrounding communities and includes collaboration of Substance use counselor, Mental health workers, Public health workers and involved physicians for individual clients.
  • One-one counseling for individuals, couples and families affected by substance use.
  • Recognize concurrent disorders, cross addictions and refer to further support as needed.
  • Group and one on one support and education for School District 78 students that focuses on prevention, substance use and effect with a strong focus being on high risk youth attending the Agassiz Centre for Education (ACE).
  • The Agassiz Harrison Community Services Substance Use Program works in its capacity with any organization or committee that promotes community well-being. The program works with the RCMP, Probation, MCFD, Youth Inclusion Program and Employment Services in supporting prevention initiatives.

The Out Patient Treatment program continues to grow and includes youth and adults being referred into residential treatment.

Income Tax Assistance Program:

The Income Tax Assistance Program helps eligible taxpayers who do not know how to prepare their income tax and benefit returns, have a low to modest income and a simple tax situation complete their annual income tax documents. There is a small charge for completing the documents as the volunteers come to us from Chilliwack. For more information about the Income Tax Assistance Program, please call 604-796-2585.