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Aushanding (Social Assistance)

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The Aushanding (Social Services) Program issues social assistance, special needs and guardian social allowance. Hydro, rent and user fees are paid on behalf of S/A clients who are on-reserve band members. There is an open door policy and direct banking is offered to only those on disability and 55 and older.

Income assistance provides income support as a last resort to eligible adults and their dependents that are unable to meet their basic and special needs.Income assistance provides benefits to help clients with the costs of:

  • Food, clothing personal and household needs.
  • Basic dental, optical and prescription drugs.
  • Rent and hydro

As of February 1, 2016, I took over as Social Services Administrator. I have worked for the Band for 22 years in various areas. My educational background is a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Psychology and Native Studies. I enjoy working with people and contributing to the betterment of the reserve. Renee Francis was hired as Social Services Assistant as of March 1, 2016. She possesses a Business Certificate from Yellowquill College. Renee is eager to learn all aspects of the social program and looks forward to serving the community.

Role of Administration:

  • Administer the program as required by the terms and conditions of its funding agreement and policies.
  • Provide assistance to all eligible persons residing on reserve.
  • Store client information and records in a safe and secure manner.
  • Maintain all records forms and documents required by the funding arrangement and make them available to INNAC for program reviews and financial audits.
  • Provide INNAC with statistical and other documentation as required by the funding agreement.
  • Meet other agreed-upon terms and conditions.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Provide applicants with the information and assistance they need to make a proper application.
  • Treat all personal information as private and confidential.
  • Deliver services without discrimination related to applicant’s race, gender, color, creed, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
  • Provide prompt, courteous, efficient and fair treatment.
  • Determine eligibility on the basis of objective evidence as required by program policy and procedures.
  • Provide applicants with all assistance and benefits for which they qualify under the policy and procedures established in this guide.
  • Inform applicants of their eligibility and benefit rates in writing if they so request.