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I don’t want this to sound rude or bad in any way. As a recent visitor to Canada, I am trying to understand how someone can be homeless.

Isn’t there income support or welfare that provides money for basics like rent and food?

Sorry again I just wanted to understand.

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  1. these social assistant and welfare programs are over used by a lot of people that do not need it therefore leaving less and less money for those who could benefit from it. And sadly there is not limit on it, some people live comfortably one the amount for years just so they don’t have to work, it’s the sad truth that the system is scammed very often.

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    • Yup, I’m on mental health leave for Complex PTSD, my employer refuses to pay out my benefits even though I’ve worked for them for 10 years. Medical EI is $1600 a month, for 15 weeks before they cut you off, Alberta Works is $1,400 monthly if you meet all criteria. I have 8 specialists all saying I’m medically unfit until I get through a year and a bit of therapy (at least), so I legitimately need help, my son is special needs as well, but that’s all that’s left for those me. And struggling financially with a severe anxiety and depression disorder while trying to get the proper therapy sucks so much.

      I am so incredibly thankful that we still have our little apartment, I wouldn’t survive homelessness, and I’ll give my kid to family before he ever has to experience that.

      Sorry for the rant haha.

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    • Brittney Castle it sucks, cause there are people out there that live off social assistance just because and it really isn’t fair at all.
      And to top it off the list to get on with the city housing program is crazy long and yet if someone from another country comes here they’ll be placed in the housing before someone who’s been on it for a while.
      The government is just horrible and it’s sad you can’t actually rely on them when you actually need em

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    • Leona Aquin Leona Aquin says:

      Yes many that abuse the system….i know many and have reported but they are so busy the system doesn’t check on that….so sad

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Brittney Castle people work and get therapy at the same time? Actually most do…

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    • If the employer supports the therapy. Not every employer is the same

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    • Sue Kidd Sue Kidd says:

      Brittney Castle, phone your MLA! That’s one of the reason’s their there! Keep pinning everyone until you get the help you need!

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    • Yeah, very true Marc, I was abused for 30 years and only got my life back in May 2016. I’m not most people. And most wouldn’t have survived what I’ve been through. But thanks for proving my point that our system and society are fucked.

      Pretty sure my 8 specialists Trump your opinion.

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  2. There is but the support is not enough to cover rent let alone basic life needs. Costs keep going up but the support does not.

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  3. Rachel Hart Rachel Hart says:

    There is but in order to get help they have to already have a home so its kind of a catch 22

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  4. Tina Jarvis Tina Jarvis says:

    Yes to your question we have welfare out here but because rents is so very high out here that a single person who receives welfare is only $800.00 a month which not enough to live on out here. I have been there myself. so some chose to be homeless because it is much cheaper. in that $800.00 a month they only give you $325.00 for rent.and $475.00 for basic needs such as food, utilities. I hope this has helped you understand our Welfare system here in Edmonton.

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  5. Kara Fehr Kara Fehr says:

    You only get a maximum amount and most of the time it’s under $1500. You need about at least $1500 to live comfortably with rent (min $1000), utilities ($100-200), food ($200-300), etc.

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  6. Unfortunately a lot of times mental illness is a huge factor in being homeless.

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  7. Nadine Adam Nadine Adam says:

    The sad part too is many with disabilities end up homeless as there’s no real financial help for them unless they can live with family.

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    • There is, it’s called AISH. For a single person it’s 1588$/ month with an added 100$/month per child. You are also allowed to make so much before they start deductions.
      It can be hard to get but if you actually have a disability mental or physical it can take 6 months to be approved.
      You get medical benefits as well.

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    • Good luck getting approved for any type of government disability. They make it so difficult that people end up on the streets cause they can’t pay rent! It’s really sad!

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    • AISH is very difficult to get and keep, I have clients that have conditions preventing from working, they live in a treatment facility and still we have to battle with AISH to get it for them. And at $1588 a month where exactly do you think they are renting to be able to get by on that? I know in Lloyd where I work, in Edmonton, in Calgary etc rent is not low enough to make $1588 a reasonable amount to live on.

      So yes there is a minimal amount of help but it is not enough imo

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    • Brandy Conlin my sons father is on aish and has been since he was 18. He’s lived on his own since getting it.
      No it’s not enough to live but it is enough to be able to get an apartment (and any apartment is better than the streets)

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  8. Kristy Hedin Kristy Hedin says:

    The system is not really a safe bet. I dont even qualify for help .

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  9. Tim Jacklin Tim Jacklin says:

    In canada there is few very rich ppl who hoard most wealth. We refer to them as the one percenters. They allow only a certain amount of wealth to filter down to the general populice. By doing that they create this illusion many ppl believe , which is there just enough wealth to go around. So the general populice has only so much to share. Its a sick joke that will come to an end someday when there will be laws to limit extreme wealth . That probably wont happen without some kind of revolution to force a more balanced fair humane distribution of wealth. Then extreme poverty will be addressed. Until then it will exist and some ppl will be left to scratch the dirt and squabble over the bit of wealth that is filtered down.

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    • Lilly Agnes Lilly Agnes says:

      Like Morneau and Trudeau’s and Notley and their elitist friends. The carbon tax is outright theft and making everyone poor.

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    • Tim Jacklin Tim Jacklin says:

      Lilly Agnes the ppl you mention are moderately rich millionaires. I see them as pawns used to deflect focus from the 1%ers filthy rich , such as david Thompson with a net worth of 30 billion plus.

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    • Lilly Agnes Lilly Agnes says:

      Tim Jacklin they are the filthy rich

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    • Tim Jacklin Tim Jacklin says:

      Lilly Agnes they may be rich but not of the filthy rich the way I see it. for instance trudea’ s net worth is what – a couple million give or take a few hundred thousand. David Thompson’s net worth of more than 30 billion is like 15,000 times more than trudea’s net worth . roughly 15,000 times more than a mere 2 million bucks. politics is a scam to keep focus off the real huge money hoarders. 1 million times 1000 = a billion. just saying . bang your head against that fact

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    • So, being wealthy is a crime against humanity now?
      Go find an ass and bury your head in it.

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    • Tim Jacklin Tim Jacklin says:

      Kieran Segarty no not wealth . I am talking about extreme wealth. it is just absolutely ridiculous and causes great needless suffering.

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    • Well, I’m sure that by a homeless persons point of view, most of us are “filthy” rich.
      Simply by having a roof over our heads, food in our belly and shoes on our feet!

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    • Tim Jacklin Tim Jacklin says:

      Kieran Segarty extremism of anything , including capitalism , is an evil most of us have no clue of its far reaching detriments . I disagree btw , I don’t believe most homeless ppl view the rest of society in the same category as 1%ers. Many homeless ppl are quite intelligent and clearly understand extreme wealth must be eliminated to curb extreme poverty.

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  10. Sara Curd Sara Curd says:

    U have to have a home and a bank account to get welfare and if u have no i.d then u cant get anything

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  11. It’s really easy for someone to become homeless actually.

    Not too many here are immune to Life. Shit happens. And it hits some harder than others. Families aren’t what they used to be either. There’s a lot of estrangement and a dog-eat-dog type of culture that’s been created here.

    As far as disabilities… In Alberta there IS something called AISH – Assured Income for the Severly Handicapped. That’s just under $1600/month. But the process is very long and drawn out and requires a great deal of effort and work to go through. And sometimes someone is disabled enough that there are barriers to being able to get through that.

    As far as welfare goes, what a person recieves is very dependent on what they already have in place.

    You are expected to sell any assets you have ie. vehicle worth over $5k, jewelry etc. before you’re given help.

    The typical rate for a single parent and one child hovers between $800-$850.

    Rent not including utilities for a 2 bdrm apt is much higher.

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  12. Welfare only gives 601 to a so for person hard to live on that.

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  13. Jenna Unrau Jenna Unrau says:

    Huh…
    We do have things like that in place but they seem to be available to those who are willing to change their life.
    Sometimes the system failed people, they slip through the cracks and end up homeless. Which makes them angry.
    Addiction is a personal hell and many of the people out there are struggling with it. They cant work or refuse to work.
    There are temporary housing solutions, but they have restrictions, and i dont know what they are. But im assuming there is a time period in which you can stay.
    In a perfect world we wouldnt have homeless. Growing up in Edmonton it was probably one of the hardest things to witness, and the stigma growing up around them (dirty, addicts, worthless) didn’t help any situation. It made you avoid a growing problem.
    Citizens can donate toiletries, blankets, clothes, money to the shelters etc. They have soup kitchens as well that feed them.
    Its a sensitive subject that we all avoid and I dont know why.
    It would cost the governemnt X amount of dollars to eradicate the problem. So they offer solutions to the ones that are willing to put the time in.

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  14. You clearly have no idea how little the liberals care for their own

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    • The homelessness situation hasn’t changed in decades…

      All govts PAST & PRESENT are culpable.

      Including the cons.

      That’s so fucked that you’d make this about a specific political party.

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    • I just did, is that FUCK doing anything about the veterans sleeping on the street?

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    • Leanne Mckay Leanne Mckay says:

      Um…werent the conservatives in power for something like..4 decades? I’m pretty sure homelessness was a problem then too.. smh..

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    • Agree Cory Morrison some people make lifestyle choices that unfortunately have left them on the streets….our Veterans did not…they are our responsibility and OUR governments!

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    • Medicine Hat is the only city that has fixed the problem…look at what they did wonder if Iverson would ever think outside his box enough to do something like what they did.

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    • There are lots of cities in North America making decent choices to try and help people.

      There are other cities that just don’t give a fuck and treat any and all less fortunate as sub-human.

      The rest of us in positions of privilege, even IF our sole privilege is that of having a roof over our head, need to stand up for the rest.

      We need to end this heinous shit.

      Shelter needs to become a human right.

      This “Not In My Backyard” crap is so evil.

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    • ha ha ha Liberals? like the problem just began

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  15. Trina Griep Trina Griep says:

    There are many factors that contribute to homelessness and I appreciate that you’re asking the question, as not a lot of people understand the whole of the issue. While there are programs in place to help with income, as mentioned, there is still a gap between that and the availability of affordable housing (suited to the individual or family’s needs), mental health care, addictions care, ability to work, knowledge about budgeting, education of citizens to welcoming those in affordable housing, etc. Thank you for the thoughtful question and your concern for some of our most vulnerable citizens.

    There are resources available via 211 for those in need and if someone is in immediate danger or distress, please call 911.

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  16. It’s a bad situation. You are far better off to be a refugee.

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    • Oh yes she does,refugees get more money
      It’s a fact,I’ve seen it

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    • Yeah. They have no home. Their homes, schools, villages, even hospitals have been decimated in many areas by the Canadian and American War Machines.

      Please don’t be so ignorant and pathetic.

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    • Ashley Lynn Ashley Lynn says:

      I agree with Cheryl

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      KeeKee Elgersma you’re such an ignorant moron. Yes refugees and immigrants get a hell of a lot more help than a single male in this country. If I applied for welfare and was homeless I’d get $500 a month and told to be on my way. That’s if I was approved. You think new comers are told here’s $500 have fun finding a home, feeding yourself and your 15 kids? Fuck no. It’s a scam through and through. Spew your bullshit somewhere else.

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  17. Shaun Reveis Shaun Reveis says:

    Canada spends 7 billion annually on homelessness.

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  18. alberta works gives a single person 338 for core shelter …that just for rent ….can you find a pace for that amount ? good luck …thats why there are people homeless housing is not affordable

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    • I offered a furnished room for $350 in my home. Includes utilities, internet…all but food and even then we share. Still sits empty…so yes you can find home at that price. I have many that say it is really nice room, west end great area but they want a private bathroom which we don’t have.

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  19. Katie Pearse Katie Pearse says:

    I also imagine it’s difficult to GET a place, not everyone gets rented to.

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    • no kidding. Can’t rent a place anymore with out a credit check and references it seems.

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    • Katie Pearse Katie Pearse says:

      crazy! i rented for years and never asked for either. never had any issues really with anyone. some late rent… but that’s about it.

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    • I haven’t needed to go through that before either, but I have been considering moving closer to work which would mean giving up my rent to own place and finding a new place. Everywhere wants a credit report and references, and wow that cost of rent these days is insane. Even though I have an hour commute each way, I have determined that is is cheaper to stay where I am and keep the long commute than it is to start over closer to work. Not due to the extra checks, but due to the cost. would would be more than double what I currently pay, and more than the cost of what I currently pay and transportation costs on top of it. The rental market is tight right now, so landlords have the luxury of being extra choosy of who they rent to and charging such high rents.

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  20. Amanda Nic Amanda Nic says:

    Not everyone qualifies for income support

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  21. My question is why don’t they go to Tim Hortons or McDonald’s and get a job and find a room to rent then that solves the homelessness a lot of them standing at the intersection are capable of working they just choose not to . But you see ppl forking out money for there addiction. I’d say they are a major population of our homeless. Now don’t get me wrong there is ppl out there that really had back luck on there side and things happen out of there control I feel sorry for them those are the ppl we should help not the addicts .

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    • Tim Jacklin Tim Jacklin says:

      Jeremy just outa curiosity I am wondering what you think we should do about those ppl who have fell into the trap of addiction?

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    • So your going to pick and choose which homeless people to help?

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    • Jeremy, once one is homeless it’s not as easy as just getting a job. How does one get up and get ready for work if they have no home? To have a decent nights sleep, be able to set an alarm to wake up on time, be able to shower and wear clean clothing. It’s not so cut and dry. There are people on the streets whom would MUCH rather be a working citizen.
      And Addiction can be caused from injury or illness, no one is exempt from the possibility of becoming an addict. Some compassion and understanding goes a long way. Educate yourself of addiction before simply painting everyone with the same brush.
      Yes, some people just want hand outs but some are genuinely struggling and willing to work to get to a better place if only given the opportunity.

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    • Getting a job is not that easy, even people who have a good work history, no mental health or addiction problems, a home etc have struggled in recent years to find work. If the person is struggling with mental illness for example they may not have the ability to hold a job, or even to maintain the standard of hygiene required. What number should they give the company to call to schedule an interview? What references? Most places, including tim horton’s, mcdonald’s etc do not hire on the spot any longer.

      Often when looking at addiction and homelessness, they go together because the person turns to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of hunger, cold, depression etc. It is not always the case of the addiction causing them to be homeless, just as easily it could be that “bad luck” put them in that position and the drugs came later. As well often drug and alcohol use goes together with mental illness as a way to self medicate. So again the addictions may not be what caused the homelessness, but is a contributing factor in the difficulty of getting out again.

      A huge part of our population is only 1-2 pay cheques away from being homeless themselves. The cost of living here is high, not just rents but utilities, food etc. Few people have enough savings to get through 3-6 months if they lost their job. Many have a ton of debt because they have been using credit cards as a way of promoting a particular life style or as a means of getting by. The number of working poor is huge, people that work hard everyday to earn an honest buck and still can’t afford to find a place to live, they are couch surfing etc. Wait lists for affordable housing are up to 2 years long and that is for single parents with kids, those people without kids wait even longer. They can be working fulltime at a Tim Horton’s for example and still be homeless. Raising the minimum wage didn’t fix that issue, the cost of living is still so high here that even with the increase it is a challenge to be able to save up enough for a DD and 1st month’s rent, plus utility hook ups, and then the monthly costs from that point on.

      There is so much more to the issue than merely saying “go get a job and a place to live”

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    • Adding to that are people with mental health issues. Too many people seem to feel issues like depression are like the flu and you can just “get over it”. Not possible without a ton of help and some luck. People often spiral out of control and as odd as it sounds, they feel some type of comfort not being integrated into what we’d consider normal society. They just can’t cope.

      A group of the homeless are divorced men. 25% are in this category. They have built a world that revolved around family and marriage that suddenly one day is gone. Divorce can strip a person to the core with friends, jobs and lifestyles dramatically altered. For some people, they can’t pick up the pieces. I know a few who’ve traveled this road and as much as others try to help, that moment in time triggered underlying mental health issues that they are now suffering from.

      So along with other answers, there is no single reason why a person could be homeless. There are no simple solutions that fit all to eliminate the situation.

      Consider that studies show 70% of the population has less than a 1 month reserve to cover living costs if they lost a job or a family issue happened. Many are that close to catastrophic circumstances at any time.

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    • If you don’t have an address, you can’t get a job. Figure that one out Jeremy………..

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    • And most people who are homeless have no phones, cell phones, emails or communication generally to leave a call back number to receive job interviews as well…

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Tim Jacklin it’s not a trap.. It was voluntary. We should’t have to pay financially for everyone’s crack habit.

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    • your comment is narrow sighted. As many have stated above, you cannot get a job unless you have a permanent home. You need to be presentable and be able to provide a resume, references and other necessary items like a bank account. Anyhow, there were some negative comments on your thread but everyone’s opinion is based on their personal experiences and what knowledge they do or do not have about the issues. I challenge you to research some stats. Look into this link..http://homewardtrust.ca/

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    • Take a shower at a truck stop. make a resume at a public library there’s no excuse for ppl that can work .

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    • I think JeremyNeilson had a few points. Again speaking as someone who tries to rent a room to help my own bills, I can’t count how many people complain about being on assistance yet see the room and ask why $300-400 a month does not include private bathroom, better or new tv not just used, some demand a bed from Leon’s because the one we have is not high end. I know that may be about 1% of the homeless people but when you want to help and they treat you like garbage, it is easy to lose faith in trying to do things for someone

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    • Tim Jacklin Tim Jacklin says:

      Marc Cornies not a trap – fine. choice. then what? fuck em!?

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  22. Welfare doesn’t give enough money to cover rent, unless you have 6 roommates.

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  23. If you’re a woman yes much harder for a man and that’s the cold hard truth like it or not

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  24. Lyn Hessels Lyn Hessels says:

    There has been a program in Edmonton to get more affordable housing as the cost of rent here is pretty prohibitive. The issue of mental health is also a factor… drug and alcohol addiction and other mental health issues have many people on the streets as well. It’s kids whose parents are no longer willing to have them live in their homes. It’s not only about putting a roof over someone’s head, it’s addressing all the barriers. It’s a huge issue with not just one answer.

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  25. James Musat James Musat says:

    I would like to know where you visited from that you never seen a homeless person.

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  26. Most people who are visibly homeless suffer from mental health issues and are not able to reach out for help or not able to take the help they get and turn it into a solution with out a great deal of intervention.

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  27. Mercedes says:

    I agree with u Mariah 100%!!!

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  28. Canadas run out of money its all going to our newest citizens

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  29. Refugeez took all canada $$$

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  30. Marion Clark Marion Clark says:

    Not everyone is accepted. My single son was told You need to have dependents or a medical reason to not work. My son is out of work and homeless but they refuse to help him and tell him to go to the shelter. Yet, his single no dependents g/f had a medical issue five or so years ago and was given help and she still gets it every month, even though she sometimes works and is capable to work full time. They also told my son to go ask his family for money and told him “they were not a bridge between jobs”. Guess it depends on the worker too. He couch surfs while he looks for work.

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  31. Lets do the math shall we? Basic monthly allowance 1110 per month. Average rent 2 bedroom 900 + per month leaving 210 a month for utilities, transportation and food. And that is for 2 adults. Not feasible nor sustainable. Homelessness exists because our support systems dont provide adequately for basic needs.

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      It’s not the governments duty to ensure you live comfortably. Basic needs yes. Can you imagine the fraud if they gave everyone $3000 a month to live “comfortably”. There’s rampant fraud as is with what they give. Minimum wage is what, $13 something an hour? More than welfare pays if you want to work. Problem is, a lot of people don’t. They all have “disabilities” all of a sudden. Sure some are legit…but i bet most are not. Most made shitty decisions in their life and now want everyone to bail them out. Laziness is a disease and quite often generational.

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    • Marc… you’re just stupid.

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    • Lmao no Marc is 100% correct. It’s not up to the government to make sure you live comfortably, it’s their duty to make sure you live period. Roof over your head, clothes on your back, food on your table. The rest is a luxury plain and simple.

      If you want a government that will make sure you have a comfy life and not have to work, Then vote for a socialist government. Last I checked while the NDP are socialist leaning and in its ideology, we don’t live in a socialist country. You want the steak for supper instead of the nutrient paste supplied? You gotta earn it. That’s a luxury. Period.

      I don’t for a second think our support systems don’t need a rework. They along with a fair number of laws are drastically out dated and need to be brought up to speed with the rest of our society, but it is not the government’s job to ensure the homeless live comfortably, it is their job to ensure the homeless live.

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    • 11oo a month barely pays ones rent. How then do they even pay utilities,, food or bussing? If you think that is a comfy life you are sadly mistaken. So many chose to be homeless simply because a roof over their head is far too costly when they have no funds to pay for even the basic necessities in life. That is not comfort that is just trying to keep a roof over head.

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      James Lori Shipley they have a roof over their head. Foods easy enough to come by. If you’d rather live on the street then don’t bitch and moan. Enjoy your $1100. I’m sick and tired of everyone barking we have to help absolutely everyone. More people need to help themselves. Full stop.

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    • Ange Freer Ange Freer says:

      $900 for a 2 bedroom? Not likely. Unless you’re willing to live in a sketchy neighbourhood. In an average neighbourhood, you’re looking closer to $1300-$1500/m.

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    • Basement suite 900. 2 bed bi level apt just under 1110. 1 bed 795. We live in a 2 bed suite not basmemt. And have checked rents online for this area. Wont say where for secuirty but within 5 blocks is 1.5 million houses so not a shady area at all.

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    • If you’re getting enough to pay for rent, get a job for the rest! Seriously, i don’t understand why people think they shouldn’t have to work. If you are truly disabled, that’s one thing, but otherwise, there is no excuse.

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    • And there is the crux if someone is disabled and unable to work there is no recourse even IF they wanted to work to sustain themselves they dont have a chance. So many people assume lazy when there could be REAL challenges behind why some simply cannot work and its got nothing to do with willingness.

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    • Kiel Severson that’s BS!!! I’m on aid cause I physically cannot work. I would love to work but I can’t. And trust me I NEED a roommate cause what I get covers rent THATS IT. So how you say it pays rent and necessities bills, you’re so WRONG!!!

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  32. The big question is where exactly in Canada did you visit? There’s 10 provinces and 3 territories it’s pretty big. Different province’s/territories have different programs, different qualifications for programs and assistance.

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  33. Tannis Fong Tannis Fong says:

    There are also those who choose to live outdoors.

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  34. There isn’t just homeless in Canada. Homeless are in every country, just not as obvious.

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  35. In Edmonton west end, A church site was turned into homes for 16 refugees.

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  36. Leona Aquin Leona Aquin says:

    I know i have said this many times on here. I house the homeless in the building i run with my bosses permission of course. I have 1 tenant here that was homeless for 11 yrs, she has now been here 3 yrs. yes she drinks everyday but she is clean, respectful and has never gave me a problem or anyone else. Her quest leave before 11 pm. But overall i have 13 (24) suites from program’s like Bissell, Boyle and a couple more. Yes their money goes on the booze, drugs, But you know what their suites are clean, dishes, laundry done. Sometimes food is bought and bulls are paid by them usually if not they go to their workers for more money to do it (which is not right, but they do) I couldn’t ask for better. I do get the odd one that i have to evict but they get rehoused somewhere else. I started this back in 2012 and the first one i housed is still here. There is so much help out there they just need to know where and respect the help they get. Most do not.

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    • So these are long term people that are not paying rent? Or do you charge them something? While you are not fixing the problem judging by the amount of time people are staying and NOT getting away from their addiction, I applaud you these people are at least safe. Would be nice to see this as a stepping stone to being self sufficient though.

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    • Leona Aquin Leona Aquin says:

      Rent is paid damage deposit is paid, as they are tenant’s. i try to keep the cost down for ALL my tenant’s as well as the working ones. I wish i had more building’s to do this, the bosses are looking into buying another so i can. but at the same time i’m not getting any younger lol

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      That sure sounds like a free ride to me. And our tax dollars go to their rent while they party it up all day. Exactly whats wrong with society these days. Thanks for contributing to their problems. Someone should report this bullshit. Fraud in every sense of the word!

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    • Leona Aquin Leona Aquin says:

      You know what yah some do party but not here…my rules are strict never party’s here i sleep at night as i live on site, bills and food are bought and paid, even though it is OUR TAX MONEY i don’t put up with anything and no one should as i have working ppl in here too. In order to see what i do here you have to be here. All i ask is respect and cleaniness is very important. and i have it here….I never have to call cops here for my tenant’s but sometimes their guest.

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    • Leona Aquin Leona Aquin says:

      Marc Cornies also Marc our tax dollars but most of these i house are in late 40 nd 50 maybe they paid into them as well, so it’s their tax dollar too

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    • I’m sure they paid taxes too – it’s presumptuous to think otherwise. Good job Leona – we need more people like you. A little compassion, and understanding goes a long way. It’s none of our business how they live. If they are living by the rules you have in place, bonus.

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    • Leona Aquin Leona Aquin says:

      Yes they do listen most of the time. But for noises, partys, nope they are great. Ppl have to understand that yes they been out there for a long time it’s hard to understand you have to be with them and try to understand them. I give them 3 changes 1 verbal, 1 written, than eviction. I have revoked the eviction sometimes not often. And what a difference. If you were to come into my building seriously it is very quiet here 24/7 usually the only voice you should hear in the hallways is mine….lol so serious ppl if you have walked in their shoes stop knocking them down, some try to work and make the ends meet. Since i have 13 suites in here with them i understand a lot more.

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  37. Mj Mank Mj Mank says:

    Well there could be many of reasons. Studies shows that most homeless people ends up homeless because of Oppression, Depression and suffers from Mental Health Issues. A little story about a homeless person that I met during my time being a waitress.

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  38. Joey Wilson Joey Wilson says:

    Mental illnesses

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  39. Ron Barchuk Ron Barchuk says:

    It’s hard to help people when alot, not all but alot of them don’t want help or are mentally ill and your unaware they’re even there needing help.

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  40. Will Nichol Will Nichol says:

    It’s because our governments only care about other countries & not our own. They care about sending billions of our money to countries that do not need help or that will never return the favor. Cause helping the homeless here get support doesn’t look good on the world stage

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  41. Sometimes it’s a result of mental issues and not being able to handle the stress of adulting. It’s not always about resources.

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  42. Street drugs booze and cigarettes cost a lot of money … none left for housing and food!!!

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  43. Angie See Angie See says:

    A lot of homeless people are mentally ill or addicted to alcohol / drugs some don’t want help or don’t know how to get it also the services provided aren’t really the best and sometimes aren’t enough

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  44. M Lissa Sch M Lissa Sch says:

    This is a sad fact, but with the cost of living and how many people are on social assistance, there’s just not enough. I applied for a few months when the economy tanked and I just couldn’t find a job. What I got was barely enough to cover rent, let alone think about food and transport. The system is a little broken, but there is help out there, as well as resources. It’s not the best but people try. The people on the streets need to try as well.

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  45. Having a City full of Slumlords doesn’t help, having 3 in 13 months and was about to live in my car, all uninhabitable homes they over charge for, one had bed bugs so bad, I went 22 days with no sleep, slept out in my back yard. At high costs for dumps, a person can be homeless in a hearts beat!

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    • Leona Aquin Leona Aquin says:

      We do a check for them steady as they like to bring in friends that may have, and they also understand why we do the check for bugs often. and no way am i a slum lord….i’ve been there with a slum lord before and i learned from them not to. wow some are @#$%^& had swearing on net lol

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  46. Daily Bore Daily Bore says:

    you and me both, you and me both ;(

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  47. Marie says:

    Some well considered ‘n thought out reasons described above, to why so many here have fallen into the pit of homelessness and can’t find their way out. So very heartbreaking, and will get worse before ever seeing a token of better.

    Absolutely agree – there are a number of complex and diversified factors contributing to this growing issue.

    AGREE wholeheartedly, the Liberal government is at the helm of this.
    Rather than look after our country’s own – Libtard govn’t would rather open the flood gates allowing many ungrateful immigrants to wash in… feed them, house them (in new and newer homes), pay huge CTBs, etc., etc. … as they go forth and multiply … then dole out more down the road to help educate them … all for what … ??? … so this nutcase scenario can repeat and repeat itself into oblivion ?

    IMHO, the younger generation thinkers don’t think, they don’t know how to think let alone pick up a book/something/anything “REAL” and read up on the history of the political parties [not just here but in other countries as well]. If the yg’s could think (get off their hand held devices) … we wouldn’t be trapped in this provinces current NDP/Liberal marriage – Two terrible wrongs will never make a right –

    *** Maybe if we tell you the brain is an APP, you’ll start using it ?! ***

    I beckon the younger generations beneath the baby-boomers, to PLEASE open your eyes, read up, open some history books, articles, whatever you can … and truly learn something … Above all choose not to screw up ‘again’ come next election time!

    We are predominantly a Conservative thinking province here … Look at what’s happened because so many are so blind! Young sheeple – It’s gonna be your world sooner than later and you’re gonna have to live with your choices.

    Think this – when you think of our current pm – think lafarge and other huge corporate entities … there is a connection there [read up]. If you’d been raised with a silver spoon in mouth, you’d be less likely to identify with the masses issues and even less likely to care. Beware of the lip-service, and know the lip-service is well thought out and geared to appeal to your generation(s).
    IMHO

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  48. Income support and do do not pay even close to paying someone’s rent let alone food, bills and transportation. Also you can’t get funding for school to better yourself while your on those programs. They literally make it or impossible to better your life.

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  49. It’s tough to understand the issue here. Anywhere actually but know that some people (I volunteer with homeless and my mum took in emergency foster kids when I was young) have many underlying issues that require help with ongoing support which isn’t always offered. Sometimes, one will lose themselves in depression or anger. Sometimes, it’s a lack of just taking medication and then falling harder. Yes, there are programs but sometimes, there are bigger issues of fear and doubt which can control one’s actions or choices. It’s not a place any of us can judge unless we’ve been in the other persons shoes. The key is to stay empathetic and supportive when it’s needed. I am fortunate to be a 3rd generation Canadian but see how easy things can slip. We are all human. I hope your stay here is a good one.

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  50. Pam Taggart Pam Taggart says:

    Welfare and social programs are designed to give you basic needs but basic is not really helpful. I was on welfare assistance while working a 10 hrs a day job. I had to go hungry on several occasions when it was food for me or diapers and food for the baby. I was given rent and $20 above it.

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  51. Here’s a link you can read some information on..

    http://homewardtrust.ca/

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  52. Laura Hunt Laura Hunt says:

    It’s generally the result of mental illness and addictions. They do get IS or AISH. However…core shelter allowance in Alberta is only 323. Plus…these individuals tend to be expensive to the landlord to house due to behaviors, damage, filth, vermin..ect..

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  53. My understanding is cost of living, older children/runaways, mental health and drug/alcohol issues. That is where people end up in those positions.

    However, I do rent a room in my home and a few years back, we had a guy on income support. Knowing he gets $900 for the month, we gave him a room for $300. It includes everything – all utilities, furniture, cable, so all he would need is food and maybe clothes. He did not pay rent for 3 months and avoided me. I need the money as well so I finally asked him if maybe he had some problems that he needs help with. Turns out he bought a brand new vehicle and the payments were $850 per month. He didn’t need it, as he admitted. It sat at his friend’s driveway. So I said I am sorry but I can’t provide free place anymore. He trashed the room and was gone next day.
    He put me as a reference for another place. They called after he moved out the same way – not paying rent.
    He was not in need of assistance, in my opinion, as he worked out every day, he was in good physical health. As we later found out, he had cataract surgery but lied about feeling pain. Long story – someone ended up taking him to court years after and that is where I saw many Landlords he did not pay.

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  54. Maria Kelly Maria Kelly says:

    So I am on assistance because I have FASD. Something u can’t take meds for. I can not work, I have tried and everytime I end up lossing the job because I can’t not mentally handle it. I see ignorant comments from people who are misinformed with there facts. The problem with our government is they only put aside a certain amount for the year for the people living in poverty and there are so many agencies who ate trying to get funding bit get told there is not enough in the budget to support them affordable housing is a huge issue. Now more than ever since Trudue. It’s sad to see our government helping out other countries but will not out Canadian citisians first. Look after ur country first and foremost. In Holland secondary education, daycare, and health care is free maybe they are doing something right. Hmmm something to think about

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  55. Only help if your a Muslim fucking bullshit fucking Trudeau

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  56. Rob Elger Rob Elger says:

    A lot of homeless are mentally ill. They cant work, manage money or life.

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  57. Rob Elger Rob Elger says:

    A lot of homeless are mentally ill. They cant work, manage money or life.

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  58. Sometimes people choose to be homeless. I have talked personally to a few homeless people….they don’t want housing, they like the freedom of having no responsibilities. And some have been kicked out of several affordable housing places due to their behaviours (dealing drugs, parties, etc). Some pan handle and make more money than welfare. They get free medications for their mental illness and sell medications to make money, which is more than welfare. Bottom line…SOME choose to be homeless, choose to live that life. In Manitoba hydro bills may also be partially paid/fully paid by welfare. I do believe there is a job for everyone, however our systems enable people to NOT work.

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  59. I’m on mat leave and you’d think they would make it liveable but they don’t $1200 a month and that’s rent money period
    The government doesn’t make exceptions for anyone it’s a set amount regardless of circumstances

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  60. Not all homeless person is from edmonton Alberta, but 3/4 of homeless people in this city some comes from Montreal, some from Ontario, some from Winnipeg , some from Saskatchewan and some from British Columbia

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  61. Debbie Cox Debbie Cox says:

    Being homeless is chosen.

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  62. Get a Dr note, rent report, ID, bank info and show up downtown office before 8am

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  63. Get the Dr note for 3 to 6 months until u sign up for school or a job and u can go through jobcore and still get benefits

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  64. Rhon Magyar Rhon Magyar says:

    some ppl are caught in lousy situations, whether health wise, addiction wise, or financial collapse for any number of reasons. and believe it or not – some actually choose to be homeless.

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  65. Chloe Ryan Chloe Ryan says:

    Most of the comments I’ve read have mentioned affordability but in my case I chose to sleep in my vehicle due to my dog not being welcome in most rentals. She has never caused damage to a home but because of her size most landlords we encounter wont approve of her. It was easier at the time to just sleep in my vehicle than be constantly turned away. The only places that would accept her were very unkept. Atleast i know that my truck doesnt have bedbugs.

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  66. Dre Costello Dre Costello says:

    They give you 1000 dollars for two adults , if you don’t have jobs you’re fucked , so let me explain
    The central bank Jews give the government money at an interest of 1.4 times in order to pay the .4 interest the government needs to borrow more money and in turn they slave your ass for whatever you work . Its a never ending cycle of debt ment to enslave all people regardless of colour or belief . Also the kosher tax , you never wondered how come the Jews usually help other Jews in their communities buy 700000 dollar houses in wolf willow with husky jobs lol . If you want to find answers, they’re there it’s just most are already to brainwashed to think outside the box and question everything around them

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  67. Rye Weskey Rye Weskey says:

    Why and How someone can end up homeless varies greatly. Some people absolutely refuse help and will tell you they don’t want the job you offer or whatever. Some are just in a bad situation. I know someone who worked at the Herb downtown and some people would end up there after a bad divorce, others would sit around for a month waiting for their government check, they would disappear for one night to a hotel downtown and be back the next day and wait another few weeks for their next check. repeat. some are willing to accept help, others refuse, some need mental help, addiction help, who knows… best not to judge and help when you can.

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