80 per cent of Hamilton food bank users spend half of income on rent

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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.

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Article and image source: The Hamilton Spectator

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