To expect low-wage earners currently facing income-loss to pay rent is not only unreasonable, but also dangerous, writes Lisa Cameron.
Press release: ACORN and allies are ramping up their campaign for a rent freeze and eviction ban during the COVID-19 Epidemic with a Phone-In Action after getting thousands of signatures on their petition.
Media release: At a time when we need to stay home from all but the most essential activities, evictions become a public health issue. During the provincial state of emergency, no tenants should be evicted. You can’t stay home if you don’t have a home to stay in.
Today Kelly Regan, Minister of Community Services, joined the daily COVID-19 government press conference to discuss what her department is doing to help income assistance recipients and other low income people. Not very much at all, it turns out.
Reporter Kendall Worth offers a reminder that high rents and rent increases are forcing poor people to make risky choices that they aren’t really comfortable with. In this case things seem to work out, but that isn’t always the case.
Jodi Brown, who has been working with the Tawaak Housing tenants, reports on the early efforts to organize a tenants association and fight back against deplorsable housing conditions. There is also a video.
Kendall Worth reports on a a bit of a miracle that turns thins around for three tenants facing huge rent increases.
Three separate tenants are all hit with huge rent increases that go in effect in March. They’re on welfare, they’re friends, and there’s no way they can afford to stay. “this is also a story that illustrates how the life of an income assistance recipient can at any time take a turn for the worse,” writes Kendall.
PSA: In June 2017, all Federal parties supported a bill in Parliament to increase Canadian military spending by 70%. Redirecting $100 billion from military spending over 20 years is a good comparison of the additional funding that is required to address the housing crisis being experienced by thousands of people on low incomes.
Kendall Worth with a follow up on an earlier story about a family pushed out of their home and the neighborhood they love because of a huge rent increase.