Ontario Communities Uniting

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Representatives from 12 Ontario communities met at Hamilton City Hall on December 14 to strategize about the impending cuts to the provincial Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefits (CSUMB). The cancellation of CSUMB will have devastating impacts on low-income people looking to find safe and affordable housing in Ontario.  The event was organized by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction (HRPR) and Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination (HOPE). 

Facilitated by SPRC Social Planners, Renée Wetselaar and Deirdre Pike, the session was live streamed and recorded by Joey Coleman.  Click here to view the 5-hour discussion.

By the end of the session, the communities endorsed a joint statement for use in lobbying the provincial government.  You can find the statement and more updates on the Ontario Communities Unite Facebook page.

One of the provincial partners, Income Security Advocacy Centre,  ISAC, has an online letter/petition and other resources  http://sareview.ca/isac-news/act-now-to-save-housing-supports-for-people-on-ow-and-odsp/

Image Source:  Joey Coleman

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