As it became known, the province decided to cut home repair programs for residents with low incomes.
Now this category of the population will not receive financial support for the repair of their houses from the province. Manitoba Government cut several very important programs, including assistance for people with disabilities who want to re-equip their homes and to make them more convenient for life.
Innovations shocked the 83-year-old resident of Winnipeg. Nellie Shachtay is waiting for financial help that was approved by the province to cover electrical, plumbing and foundational fixes. However, the woman is not sure that she will get $20,000. In the past, Nellie received $5,000 for roof repairs. Now, the woman is in limbo.
Manitoba Government cut the following six programs:
The Manitoba Emergency Repair Program for Homeowners.
The Homeowner Renovation Assistance Program.
The Residential Adaptations for Disabilities Program.
The Residential Housing Improvement Program.
The Rooming House Assistance Program.
The Shelter Enhancement Program.
The decision on innovations was made on Wednesday. At the moment, the government has not commented on whether the promised grants will be paid.
Dawn Sands, executive director of the North End Community Renewal Corporation, said that she is very disappointed. As she understood, low-income tenants will not get necessary support until a new agreement is reached.
The woman said that government programs helped old people, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes be sure that in case of problems with their homes, they would be able to get financial help. Now they have no such confidence.
People living in some buildings in the North End are concerned because they are considered the inhabitants of the city with the lowest incomes. They live in terrible conditions because they do not have the opportunity to repair their homes. The emergency repair fund was their hope.
Disability advocate Carlos Sosa also said that he is very disappointed. People with disabilities received false promises from the state.
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