ODSP/OW Home Repairs Benefit to be Cut

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Home Repairs Benefit helps people on assistance pay for things like emergency plumbing repairs, patching a leaky roof, or repairing damage from fire or floods.

The only alternative for people on OW or ODSP who own their own homes will be programs that provide loans for repairs – which people on OW and ODSP cannot afford to repay.

The government stopped accepting new applications for the Home Repairs Benefit as of June 30, with the intention of spending all the remaining funds in this year’s budget by December 31, 2012.

This cut will disproportionately affect people on ODSP, as well as people in rural and northern communities.

Act now to save these programs!

Tell your local MPP to do what they can to reverse these cuts: in person, over the phone, or by mail. Attached to this email is a background kit that contains more information that will be helpful for you to lobby your local MPP.

In the meantime, take a minute and click here to send an email against these cuts!

Your email will go to John Milloy, Minister of Community and Social Services, Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Dwight Duncan, Finance Minister, as well as the opposition critics for these ministries, urging them to reverse these cuts and restore full-funding to these critical programs.