Nova Scotians living in homeless shelters and transition houses will begin receiving a monthly allowance in October — part of an $11 million government investment for people living in poverty.

The Department of Community Services announced Thursday the province will provide about $100 a month to people living in poverty to help them buy things like personal hygiene items and other essentials.

“We want all Nova Scotians to have the dignity, self-esteem and self-confidence they need to move their lives forward,” said Kelly Regan, Minister of Community Services, in a press release.