Single adults struggling to break out of deep poverty

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  1. Angela Murphy

    I raised my baby till she started her own little family for me to still support and leave myself with nothing no where to. Go no money I’m willing to She work but with the fear of people how are we able to go out and get a job and that’s part of our disorder while it while I’m on assistance or the SP I’m staying with my daughter but can’t stay a full week or she will lose her income how is this fair to ask for anyone else when I’ve raised my daughter on my own she didn’t even want to leave home I had no choice because of money now she’s on her own with her own little family on Ontario works which does not give her enough money for rent so I with my odious P can’t say anything because she will be in trouble it’s not fair we are screwed no matter what way we look at it we are all human beings beans

  2. Gabriel S

    Well, if I were a single person living in Toronto and clearly couldn’t afford the cost of living there, I would move out of the city and go to smaller towns where I could afford a more sustainable quality of life. Many families (not just the single ones) have found this to be a more realistic option, where they can build community and work enough to support themselves. And this, despite them being already deeply socioeconomically ensconced in the big city. I don’t see why the government has to be mandated to give money to single people who insist on living in the limelight of a place like Toronto — especially when it’s clear that living in the city would be dangerous to one’s health and makes one constantly prone to needing handouts.

    • Betty h.

      It’s so easy to say “just move to a less expensive city”, but, when you’re poor, you literally can’t. If somebody can’t afford to pay rent do you really think they’ll be able to afford the cost of moving?
      It is very expensive to be poor, especially if you’re homeless.
      Sure, one could opt to just leave one’s belongings behind and stick their thumb out to travel to another city, how do you think that’ll work out though? Then they would have to find employment and a place to live, then find a way to furnish their home if lucky enough to find one that’s affordable on a lower than poverty income. Have you ever tried to find and keep a job while homeless? It’s incredibly difficult to nearly impossible. Believe me, I was homeless for 3 years.
      I don’t see why we allow our govt’s to hand out millions in corporate welfare, but, heaven forbid we shell out anything to the people who really need it.
      There shouldn’t even be a question of should we or shouldn’t we. A human being is a human being and what is right is right.

      • Gabriel S

        If middle and lower income families can move out, often without any support from anyone, I don’t really see how someone who makes $10k a year, with less property, can’t do the same. No I haven’t been homeless, but I’ve relocated at least 3 times in 10 years across different parts of Canada, with barely anything. Relocating may have higher upfront costs, but certainly isn’t anywhere near the total sum of monthly costs when living in a big city, unless one is travelling with lots of apparel (if that’s the case, then being that person’s “poverty” is questionable).

        I’m no apologist for big corporations, but it’s always easy to re frame it back to the big companies and blame them for society’s problems, even though they’re the principal agents driving employment opportunities, in any field.

        What is right for human beings doesn’t necessarily amount to giving them handouts so that they can continue to live precarious conditions in the big city. What’s right is for them to find meaningful work and a life that helps them flourish in their own terms, and there are many ways to get there beyond handouts.

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