Name: William Elder

Occupation: Community Activist

William was born and raised in Surrey.  He was recently evicted from an apartment that was plagued by untreated black mold in the bathroom, which resulted in an altercation with the landlord.  He worked in security for over 40 years but he had to leave due to respiratory illness. He is mostly house bound and requires support for home care.  He receives disability benefits of $906 per month, but this is reduced dollar for dollar by the CPP disability he receives at $527.51.  By the time his bills are paid, he is usually left with only $75 to $150 per month for groceries.

We support raising disability rates and providing more protection for renters.  60% of those on disability benefits are unable to work so they rely solely on an income of $906 per month ($10,782 annually), which is significantly below the poverty line.

“I usually get worried, especially when it comes time to pay bills, that I don’t have enough to cover my bills. Then after bills I’m worried about where my next meal is going to come from. After I’ve paid the bills, sometimes I don’t have enough money to go grocery shopping.”