TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Often forgotten by the government and
society, the working poor struggle in Toronto to support their family
and make a better life for themselves and their children. The paper
entitled "The 'Working Poor' in the Toronto Region" released by the
Metcalf Foundation show that the number of working poor in Toronto
increased 42% from 2000 to 2005. The adoption and implementation of a
Housing Benefit by the Ontario government would demonstrate the
government's firm commitment to the eradication of poverty and hunger
among the working poor.
Almost one in four people coming to a food bank in Toronto has at least
one person in their household working, often part time or casual work
with no benefits. Work no longer means being able to put a roof over
one's head and food on the table.
"People who are working poor have few supports available to them to help
make ends meet. The implementation of an Ontario Housing Benefit would
be an excellent way to help the working poor pay their rent AND put
food on the table" says Richard Matern, Acting Director of Research.
An Ontario Housing Benefit would be a monthly benefit for low income
tenants, based on their rent and income. The benefit would pay a part
of the gap between rent and 30% of income. Four provinces in Canada
have already successfully implemented a similar program to help support
those on low incomes. It would be paid to all people with low income
having trouble affording their housing, which means this is a benefit
that would help support the working poor. There is currently little
housing support available for the working poor in Ontario, who are more
likely to be living in private rental housing.
Support the call for an Ontario Housing Benefit. Find out more at www.dailybread.ca/learning-centre/housing-benefit/.
Daily Bread Food Bank
Daily Bread Food Bank is an independent, non-profit, charitable
organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. As
Canada's largest food bank, Daily Bread serves people through
neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in almost 170 member
agencies across Toronto. Find out more information at www.dailybread.ca.
SOURCE Daily Bread Food Bank
For further information:
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