Increase ODSP housing allowance and basic needs allowance to match rising costs of living.

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Every year the rising cost if living goes up by approximately 11% however Ontario Disability Support Programs basic needs allowance only increases by 1 or 2% People recieving ODSP payments for legitimate disabilities are not trying to get rich but to simply survive. Each person only recieves up to $700 per month for basic needs. This includes bills, food, transportation, toiletries, if your apartment costs more than you housing allowance it comes out of your basic needs. Also the housing allowance is only around $450 in total, per person to have an apartment. It should be based on how much housing costs in the area you reside in. People receiving ODSP payments also are only allowed to earn $200 for the work allowance per month, and afterwards 50% of their earnings are taken off their next months check. I propose it should be at least $300-400 before it affects your next months basic needs allowance. Those recieving ODSP payments are those living with Developmental disabilities, a serious mental illness, those living with a dual diagnosis, and people with severe physical disabilities. People who simply are unable to work full-time but often have part-time employment or volunteer positions in their communities. Simply trying to survive in this economy.



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