By Molly Hayes
An inflated housing market and climbing rent prices are creating a growing reliance on food banks and leaving Hamiltonians on the brink of homelessness, poverty activists warn.
According to Hamilton Food Share — a not-for-profit umbrella organization that represents 11 food banks across the city — a growing number of people are having to budget half or more of their monthly income toward rent.
A reported 80 per cent of Hamilton’s roughly 20,000 food bank users were in that boat as of February, compared to 49 per cent of users just one year ago.
Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator