Name: Eugene Sauter

Occupation: Community Volunteer

Eugene lives in Victoria. He is involved with a group called AIDS Vancouver Island, who work to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma. He has 8 children with a previous partner. He tries to get by on disability, and feels fortunate to have access to safe, affordable housing. However, he has very little left over each month. Eugene also volunteers weekly with “Rig Dig”, a service for substance users that aims to provide harm reduction by cleaning up the streets and offering safe injection supplies.

We support raising disability rates and providing more social housing. An income of $906 per month ($10, 872 annually) is significantly below the poverty line. As the cost of living continues to rise without a corresponding increase in disability benefits, those living on disability are forced to make difficult choices to make ends meet.

“After paying rent, I only have $500 left over for all other monthly expenses.”