Hamilton seeks funding to fix housing crisis

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By Stacey Escott

Jesse and her four-year-old son have been staying at a local shelter since mid-August.

After waiting to get on the subsidized housing list, they finally found a safe place to call home come January.

“It felt like a hundred pounds melted off of my shoulders when I realized my son will not have to live the life I did,” said Jesse, 29, who won’t give her last name because she is concerned about their safety.

She had nowhere to go after leaving an abusive relationship and had no idea what to do when she left.

The Ontario Works recipient says finding a place to live has not been easy. Her son has autism and special needs. She can’t work because she is coping with mental illness. She doesn’t drive and needs to be close to town so she can use her bike to get groceries.

“I looked at income, I looked at the price of market rent and I cried because there wasn’t any way this could work.”

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Article source: The Hamilton Spectator

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