Hamilton's Housing Stability Benefit fund is in financial distress as community need outstripes the benefits' available budget. The City has moved to restrict access to the fund to only those on welfare and the Ontario Disability Support Plan.
Here's video from two weeks ago when Hamilton's General Manager of Emergency and Community Services Joe-Anne Priel says she will implement caps and cuts to applications for the reminder of the fiscal year in response to the shortfall.
Hamilton's Housing Stability Fund budget is nearly exhausted as the only $700,000 is left in the budget.
The fund needs $2.5-million to fulfill requests until the end of its fiscal year on March 31, 2017, says the City's Acting Manager for the Domiciliary Hostel Subsidy Program and Emergency Shelter Services Rob Mastroianni.
Council's Emergency and Community Services Committee was to receive a staff update on the budget shortfall, at the last minute, that staff report has been withdrawn
A rally is being organized by community groups, lead by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic. The rally will be held just prior to the Council Emergency and Community Services Committee meeting at 1:30 pm.