Hamilton Spectator: Broken-hearted protest in downtown Hamilton

Posted February 15th, 2019

Members of ACORN in Hamilton gathered out front of the Ministry of Community and Social Services office at 119 King St. W. in downtown Hamilton on Thursday as part of a provincewide protest by the organization to highlight cuts to Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program made by the provincial government.

ACORN members delivered broken heart cut-outs with messages that highlighted both the PC's decision last year to reduce a previously planned increase to OW and ODSP from three per cent to 1.5 per cent, and the decision revealed in January that MPPs would be getting a 20 per cent increase to their personal housing allowance.

"Trying to survive on ODSP is becoming more and more impossible," ACORN member Raven Bridges said in a news release. "My housing allowance doesn't come close to covering what my rent is. It's frustrating to hear that MPPs gave themselves a raise and ignore everyone else."

In the release, ACORN said they want the province to increase social assistance rates by $500 per month and apply a 20 per cent shelter allowance for recipients that matches the increase for MPPs.



Article by Barry Gray for the Hamilton Spectator


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