How governments provide income support to low-income Albertans is odd. The amount of income support that is provided is the same regardless of where in the province one lives. Governments do this even though they know the income support required to meet basic needs varies widely by community because housing costs vary widely. Depending on where a family reliant upon social assistance lives in a province, it may, after paying rent, have very little or considerably more money to pay for other necessities such as food and heat.