Name: Daniel Wolf Höhener

Occupation: Artist

Daniel lives in Victoria. He is involved with AIDS Vancouver Island, who work to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma. He tries to get by on disability, and also sells his art work. He lived on the streets for many years on the basic welfare rate. He feels fortunate to have recently moved into subsidized housing, and wishes the government would expand programs like these.

We support raising disability rates and providing more social housing. 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.

“I just recently moved into subsidized housing. There’s not enough of these buildings now. [BC needs] more low-income housing.”