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Poverty is on a rise in Ontario which has a grave impact on anyone who is living below the low income cut-off point. Individuals who are in receipt of Social Assistance are barely making ends meet. The rates are not enough to cover basic living expenses although the legislation states that funds are provided to those in need to meet their basic needs.
Individuals who are not living in low income housing in particular have a difficult time with the low rates they are given as well as the low rates they are provided with for rent. In order to keep a roof over their heads necessities such as food, and adequate clothing for the changing seasons are neglected.
More and more families are depending on food banks which are vastly depleted of their food supply based on the growing amount of people having to access the food bank on a daily basis.
To begin with I have 3 children that have been in and out of my life. My 16 year old daughter recently showed up at my door. Her Mother had kicked her out again. I am a receipient of O.D.S.P. I called my income supports specialist to have her added to my file. I was then informed that she had to be enrolled in school in order for me to receive benefits, which I did.
Now I'm being told that the back to school allowance has been discontinued as well as sesonal clothing allowances. I as well as everyone else receiving government benefits are already living below the National Poverty Line.
I want to know where we are supposed to find the funds to keep our kids in school as well as warm clothing on their backs.