Name: Brent McLean

Occupation: Community Activist

Brent lives in Victoria. He is involved with a group called AIDS Vancouver Island, who work to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma. Brent struggles to get by on disability, and is forced to engage in activities to supplement his income and make ends meet. He spends about 12 hours a week in line ups for food and other basic needs.

We support raising disability rates. An income of $906 per month ($10,782 annually) is significantly below the poverty line. As housing costs continue to rise without a corresponding increase in disability benefits, those living on disability are forced to make difficult choices to make ends meet. People on disability have the right to live with dignity, without having to resort to charities.

“[My apartment] is safe, but I have cockroaches and bedbugs.”