Brad

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Brad and his wife relocated to Winnipeg after they lost everything in British Columbia. For the last 16 years, they lived on the streets homeless while trying to get assistance.

They were finally approved for Social Assistance and rented a duplex. Because in many situations welfare does not provide enough money for people to pay for rent, utilities, food, and basic needs, Brad and his wife found themselves having trouble being able to survive. They then had another couple move in to help with the cost of living.

Most public welfare programs have ridiculous rules. Because Brad and his wife allowed people to live with them, regardless of the necessity of needing the extra income to cover rent and utilities, the couple was cutoff from Social Assistance for one year!

In case you didn’t get all that, Brad and his wife were on the streets of Canada living outside homeless for 16 years! They finally got approved for Social Assistance and got off the streets. Because of the high cost of living, they allowed another couple to move in. When Canadian welfare found out, Social Assistance was cut for one year causing Brad and his wife to become homeless again!

In four more months, Brad and his wife will be back on Social Assistance. Until then, they sleep outside. The weather report says it will be 10°F tonight! Brad and his wife are not homeless by choice. They are homeless because of system failure and bureaucracy!


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