Name: Brenda Bingham

Occupation: Retired Psychiatric Nurse

Brenda lives in Victoria. She is involved with a group called AIDS Vancouver Island, who work to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma. Brenda is a retired psychiatric nurse and also has a disability. She now gets by solely on disability benefits. She feels very fortunate to have made it in to social housing, which makes her housing costs much more affordable, but she wants that opportunity for everyone. She feels the government needs to focus on becoming more aware of the needs and trials of those working hard but struggling to get by.

We support raising the disability rates and building more social housing. An income of $906 per month ($10,782 annually) is far below the poverty line, and housing costs are a significant challenge. There is a severe shortage of publicly subsidized housing in BC, and many people have to wait years before they are able to live in an affordable rental unit.

“We need the government to recognize us. They need to walk in our shoes. It’s not simple ignorance. It’s willful.”