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This is my story. Approximately 3 years ago I had a major stroke the stroke has left so that I am I unable to work a full-time job and support myself like I once did. This has left me financially pooped I have managed to get myself off at 8 ish and Canada pension however finding housing that I can afford on such a little income is insane I am currently able to afford my rent and keep a roof over my head however with my location of where I’m at I am unable to move forward with my life.

My goal would be to get a part-time job somewhere to supplement my income however there is nothing in my neighborhood for Transit I also do not feel safe walking at night for the bus stops. Over 2 years ago I applied for Capital housing finally within the last month I have found out that I have been approved however due to our current government funding the last time a person actually received Capital housing was July of 2017. I’m sure everybody has a horror story of someone they know that is using the system and those people are what are making it harder for those of us that are spent sitting on the system waiting trying to move forward with our lives very difficult situation.

Frankly I have lost all hope but I have not lost all of my fight I’m curious to know how many people are out there that are in my situation that have been wait-listed for this funding. I originally thought that I was just being put on the back burner because lm SWFNK. I am truly interested to know how many other people are in this situation with capital housing?

Please comment when your issues of trying to receive Capital housing not interested in knowing how many people are out there that are abusing capital housing but if you do know somebody that is maybe report them to Capital housing so the rest of us have a chance

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  1. Kelly Smith Kelly Smith says:

    I’ve known ppl been on list for 1-10 yrs n each time call get told ur in next 3-7 available n 2 yrs later call n told same or 7-12 in line..
    I’ve known a mom on aish with kids n had 7 days to find a place or homeless had her worker n her cfs worker help too n was told didn’t qualify due to aish income over the limit.. yet seen sum on welfare n getting child tax n support earning 2-5 grand n accepted asap. Teachers have been accepted n I member hearing Eskimo players in n a few doctors were too.. now it’s nearly impossible to get in on any income or kids.. not to sound racist or anything but I hardly see older ppl or often white familys there are lots but not to often.. I swear they pick n choose or sumthing lol.. good luck also look into alberta works, and subsidized housing for rent subsidy

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    • Amanda Jones Amanda Jones says:

      That’s bullshit. What doctor needs capitol housing? That’s the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Get your facts straight before you start spewing garbage

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    • Kelly Smith Kelly Smith says:

      I said heard n this was back in late 80’s

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    • Brandon Hogg Brandon Hogg says:

      @Amanda Jones -I fail to see how your comment helps out the OP. if you do not have anything nice to say – or helpful to add, please take your commenting elsewhere. –Shoutout Moderator

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    • Amanda Jones Amanda Jones says:

      Her comment isn’t any more helpful than mine.

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    • I lived in subsidized housing for a few years with my kids until we were able to afford to live elsewhere. I got in very quickly, but at the time I had just gone back to school fulltime and my student loans covered less than what my rent was in the place we were in, I got into subsidized housing within 6 weeks and was in it for a while until we could afford to move on. But I know of people that do abuse it, that intentionally only work p/t so they keep having low rent, that had a husband (or common law at least) and didn’t report that etc.

      It is a hard thing for sure when there is something there to help people, there will always be people abusing it, but limiting it prevents those who really do just need the help temporarily from accessing it. I have no solutions to all of that. I just am appreciative that it was available for me and my kids when we needed it, it helped us have affordable safe housing as I improved our lives. And I wish there was a better way to ensure those that need it can access it, and those that are abusing it need to move on. I can’t even say specific time frames because that varies too. We lived in it for 8 years, for some people that seems to long, for us it is what we needed, now I own my own place, outside of edmonton (still can’t afford to live there), but perhaps there needs to be something better than just the annual income checking. Like if you see someone has only worked part time for all the years they have been there maybe they need to provide a medical report stated why (not details of issues, but something saying they can not work fulltime or something, kind of like how people fill out the specific forms to qualify for disability tax credits), I don’t know. It just seems many are struggling while waiting, while others coast for years. But I guess that is an issue with any social program, we as a society need them to help others, which means some will always misuse them if they can.

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    • Kayla Lee Kayla Lee says:

      Also just for the record, Alberta has a 100% clawback for child support when on social assistance. That means every dollar of child support you receive is directly deducted from the benefit amount you qualify for income support. Please do not delude yourself into thinking they get $1100 for income assistance and child support on top of that. Also once you sign up to be on income support you lose your right to collect and govern your own support payments, you literally sign the right away to be on the program.

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    • Kelly WTF are you talking about??? Teachers and/or Eskimo players would not qualify for low income housing….Seriously get you facts straight!!

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  2. Why would you come of Asia and Canada pension?

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  3. Have you applied for the rent subsidy through capital region? That may help until they find you a place…. they will pay a portion of your rent…. worth looking into

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  4. Ave you looked at alternative housing? Homeward trust, coops subsidized housing? Capital region isn’t all its cracked up to be…personal experience.

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  5. The reason for the wait list for low income housing is mostly due to ppl who are currently in housing but are deemed over-housed. Which means they will be able to stay as long as their income doesn’t change or when here is a spot for them based on their housing needs. I;m wondering why you are not on Canada pension or Aish….not sure why you would get off of it. If you are disabled those two programs would benefit you for many reasons. I would suggest to you to reapply and get back on, you can work part-time on both.

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