Name: Maurice Lussier

Occupation: Community Volunteer

Maurice lives in Victoria. He is involved with a group called AIDS Vancouver Island, who work to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma. He tries to get by on disability, and volunteers once a week at a Hep C information booth. He struggles with the quality of his housing at times, and in the past, he has experienced cockroaches and bed bug infestations. He lines up for basic needs almost every day.

We support raising the disability rates and building more social housing. An income of $906 per month ($10,782 annually) is significantly 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.

“I line up [for food banks/soup kitchens] every day pretty much. I also line up for clothing and bedding. It is what is…  I don’t like to, but I have to.”