Basic Needs Fund

Distress Centre Calgary

Provides one-time financial assistance to low income families and individuals.

Service offers:

  • financial assistance for rent, damage deposit, mortgage payment, or utility assistance (i.e. gas and electricity)

BNF does NOT cover cellphone, internet, or cable costs, as well as debt like credit cards.

Key Provider: professional information and referral specialists and basic needs administrator
Yes, Service targeted to:
  • low-income individuals and families experiencing a temporary financial crisis
  • residents of Airdrie, Calgary, Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, and Strathmore
  • individuals who have attempted to receive funding through Alberta Works Emergency Financial Assistance at 1-877-644-9992
  • who are sustainable (have a monthly income high enough to cover their basic needs under normal circumstances)
  • who have not accessed the fund in the past 12 months
Application Process
Service Access: Application Required, To access service call 211 to apply for intake.   There is no specific e-mail for BNF clients. Applications are done only through 211 by self-referral. If a 211 agent from Edmonton has a caller, they can re-direct them to Calgary's 211 line. 
Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

It can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks for funding to be disbursed based on a number of factors including how fast the client can provide documents.

If the program is closed for new applications, clients will need to wait until the following month to apply.

Fee: No

Fee Reduction: No

Membership Fee: No

Wheelchair access: Yes - Front door is wheelchair accessible.
Other disabled access: No -
Agency Information
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Last Verified On
April 3, 2024
999 8 Street SW
Calgary, AB, T2R 1J5
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