Sunday, November 1, 2009

60% Rent Hike In A Low Income Building...


I have heard a lot of talk this last while from local politicians about low income housing that is affordable. This was of course before they became elected. Now with the recent increase of my rent from $385 to $625 a month, I am wondering where I can more to in this city that is safe to live in. I am disabled and unable to work, so I live on assistance and have about $800 a month to live on and this amount does not change. I can reasonable afford about $400 a month and still be able to feed myself properly. Out of the remaining funds I have to wash clothing in a coin operated washer and drier, pay the phone bill, pay the electricity, and several other miner bills. This does not leave all that much too live on and with an allotted amount of about $175 a month for food, I am sometimes lacking in proper diet. Now the new owner comes in and I get a letter telling me of this rent hike. For the most part, the people in this building are disabled physically or mentally and cannot work. Where are we to go that we can afford to live? The places other than this building that are in our price range are for the most part crime ridden and unsafe environments. Is this the economic development I heard so much about? I do think they system that allows this to happen needs to change soon; It is victimizing a lot of low income people and our options are now very limited. Are we not humans as well? Are we not valued enough to have safe, affordable housing? In the eyes of the government that changed the rules and made this possible, we are not valued the same as people with more money. It is a shame that local and provincial governments do not care for those who need their help the most. Pray for us, we are running out of options.

1 comment:

  1. Dammit dude. If you had told me about 3 weeks ago, I would have had a 2 bedroom basement suite with all utilities and free laundry, including tv and internet for about $500ish/month. I know it's more then you stated, but, if I had only known.....

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