Dear S-CAP supporters:
S-CAP is very busy these days.
- Firstly we are working to push the City to open the Out of the Cold Homeless shelter as soon as possible. We have set up a working group to organize for this and if you are interested in getting involved please contact us. We have contacted the media as well as both the outgoing and incoming City Councils on this. See the CBC article posted below. We organize for shelters not as the solution but as part of a broader program for change that must include major increases in social assistance rates so people can afford housing and also for the creation of more accessible, safe and affordable housing.
- Secondly we are continuing to work on the Handi-Transit review issue which is excluding many people from access to the Handi-Transit that they need. We have discovered that not only are people with non-physical disabilities being barred from use but also now people with physical disabilities are being denied service as well. If you are interested in working with us on this please contact us as soon as possible.
- Thirdly, we have also set up a working group to challenge the exceptional circumstances policies that the City has established under the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI). Unlike under the previous provincial Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) where a person with a bed bug infestation would have been eligible for a full $799 whether they moved or not they are now only allowing people with bed bug infestations who do not move a maximum of $400 under Ontario Works discretionary benefits. They are only giving people half the amount of funding that they would have received before. Please contact us if you are interested in working on this.