So, I try to leave my abusive alcoholic boyfriend. We have a young daughter. I have been a stay at home mom.
I went to Alberta Works for help. They are willing to help me, but they are giving me less than what I pay for rent. I live in a three bedroom suite, as I have three children (two others live with me part time). They tell me to downsize and lessen the little time I get with the other two children until I can afford a bigger place again. Which is unlikely with a single income, frankly. And any place I downsize to will have a lease. So I would be giving up seeing my older children for a longer period of time.
If he gives me any money for child support, they will deduct that dollar for dollar.
I am to look for a job. That’s fine. I am restricted by day care hours, so it’s hard to find a job. And it’s surprisingly hard to find a job. I’ve been looking Since february.
Since I don’t even have enough money to pay my rent, I haven’t been able to pay my phone bill….no phone makes it a little hard to get a job.
I also don’t qualify for subsidy for child care because as a household, last year we made too much.
The food bank can only help once a month. I can’t afford to feed us all on what I get for CCB, as some of that also goes to my rent.
I am unable to stay with family for a variety of reasons, from too little space, to allergies to pets.
I take medications. Am unable to pay for that.
I have nothing to sell. No car. Nothing like that.
This leaves me little choice. How am I supposed to make my situation better? I don’t want long term assistance. I’m just needing to be able to live while I get on my feet.