Is there a housing safety net for a severely disabled person in Canada?
June 12, 2014 7:00 PM Subscribe
A 69 yr old wheelchair bound man, in SK, Canada, may end up homeless in the very near future. I need to know our options so that he continues to be cared for. In short, all the other safety nets have had holes in them, and we are being threatened with eviction. He relies on me (caregiver/wife) to bathe him, dress him, attend to personal hygiene/bathroom needs. He cannot walk at all, can stand with help, has use of one arm/hand. Living on the streets isn't going to work. Where do I turn now? More details below the fold.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Relevant details: I am not a Canadian resident, though immigration is in process. Until I have permanent residency, he is considered a household of one, even though we live together, and this affects what assistance he gets (doesn't get). Two months ago, I lost my income from my country, and it cannot be restored. His monthly income is less than our monthly rent. Because of my lack of status, I cannot work. Additional income he is entitled to is in the works, but we were told today, won't be fully processed until Sept. Social assistance has been denied. Rental supplement is being applied for, will take months. Many of these things were originally applied for in February, but the first social services worker (who is no longer employed) dropped the ball on it and gave misinformation.
We have been canvassing family and agencies for help, but are still a half month rent away from paying June, and have already received a pre-eviction notice. The apt we live in is cheap for the city we live in; and we would prefer to stay here as it was hard to find one affordable to us that could accomodate his manual and power wheelchair and other mobility/care aids. Any suggestions for help we might not have sought is welcome.
Bottom line, I need to know that if we are evicted, can I have an ambulance take him to a hospital, (we have no transportation) and will they then be forced to make sure he is cared for (i.e. won't put him on the street)? I can manage somehow, even though I am ill and disabled, I am mobile. I am just concerned about how to make sure he has the care he needs. So far, whatever can go wrong has, so a couple of viable suggestions for his care would be appreciated. Thank you so much mefites.