An Awful Choice: Pay Rent or Buy Groceries?

This issue disproportionately hits home for many poor LGBTQ people and people with disabilities who may have one other expense to juggle; medication and other health related expenses. Trans people who are poor (disproportionately people of color), also have expenses associated with transition or maintenance such as hormone replacement therapy which adds another expense to juggle,

The New B.P

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That’s a small price to pay for the benefits that come from addressing the causes, rather than the symptoms, of food insecurity and poverty.


923004_10151331384711890_1479766938_nMy thoughts on this recent issue by the Homeless Hub are:  After relocating to Renfrew in September 2009 I had to apply to Ontario Works whom requested during the application process my credit history , at that time I was told if I didn’t supply one, my application would be denied , and or they would request one from Equifax Canada so I honoured their request.

On November 28, 2009 I started a position at a local Hardwood floor Candy-Cane-christmas-candy-cane-smiley-emoticon-000944-largemanufacturer in Renfrewsubsidized by Ontario Works. On Dec 29, 2009 after being severely harassed by staff and employees I was fired.

Mostly confined to relying on Food Banks, over the course of the next couple of months I tried desperately to get assistance…

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About Fairy JerBear

A disabled, trans/agender fairy bear living in the American Southwest and passionate about social justice, the environment, Trans/ LGBTQIA+ equality and combating bullying.
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