The case for a new housing benefit

The Toronto Star has published an editorial opinion piece on the need for a new housing benefit in Ontario. This is a great article worth the read. I will only point out a couple of quotes that stuck me.

“One in five renters in Ontario spends more than half their income on housing. Among food bank clients, the share of rent is even higher, consuming an average of 72 per cent of household income.”

“Unlike other provinces, the only permanent housing benefit — known as a shelter allowance — in Ontario is paid exclusively to social assistance recipients. The working poor do not get help to cover the cost of their housing.

A new Ontario housing benefit would extend shelter benefits to the working poor, who also have high shelter costs, while also supporting those on social assistance.”

read the whole article at thestar.com