ASK met with a gentleman who was at risk of homelessness as he needed to find new housing. ASK housing team referred him to a landlord with whom we work. His application was accepted; however, the rent was not sustainable while he was earning basic income assistance. He was found eligible for a BC housing subsidy because he had applied for PWD. This subsidy allowed him to secure safe and affordable housing. ASK staff connected him with a local mover that reduced his moving rate because he agreed to help with moving his items. Staff also connected him to a community resource that provided him with a few items that he needed. Two months later he received confirmation that his PWD application had been processed and his benefits would reflect this new status. He found himself in a financial position that allowed him to be fully responsible for his rent. After he moved into his new apartment he called BC Hydro in order to ensure the utility was registered in his name. He found out that he had an outstanding debt to BC Hydro from many years ago. He agreed to a repayment plan but found that it was impossible for him to maintain the payment schedule. BC Hydro sent him a disconnection notice. Once again, housing was in jeopardy. Staff advocated on his behalf in order to establish a payment schedule that was reasonable. Recently he started a casual job working with his landlord. He ascertains that this work is beneficial to his mental health as well as provides a small amount of financial reward. He invited staff to visit his home in order to share where he lives. He is proud of his home and knows he can afford his necessities. He still accesses community programs such as free meals and the food bank but he is thankful for the housing he has created for himself.
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