The Community Start-up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) and the Home Repairs Benefit were both eliminated in the 2012 budget. The cuts will come into force in January 2013.
CSUMB can be used to prevent disconnection of utilities (gas, electricity, water) or to restore utility services if there has been a disconnection of service. It can also be used for utility deposits. The Home Repairs Benefit can be used to repair or replace unsafe electrical wiring, and furnaces or wood stoves.
Cutting these benefits is the wrong decision!
Click here to send an email against these cuts - fill out your name and address, add some comments about the impact of losing these benefits in your community, and click the submit button.
Your email will be sent to John Milloy, Minister of Community and Social Services, with copies to Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance.
Copies will go to Progressive Conservative and NDP Critics in these areas.
This campaign is a joint project of two of LIEN's steering committee members, ACTO (Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario), and ISAC (Income Security Advocacy Centre).