OCAP took a strong delegation to Metro Hall today (March 30) to demand that the City open space immediately to replace the 124 beds for the homeless that will be lost because of the closing of the Hope Shelter. The last person will have to move out of there tomorrow.
EMERGENCY ACTION TOMORROW (MARCH 4, 12PM, 900 BAY ST): DEMAND HOUSING FOR ANDREW MCLEAN AND AN END TO THE S.A.M.S. FIASCO!Submitted by ocap on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 23:17.
TOMORROW! JOIN OCAP'S DELEGATION TO THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES! DEMAND HOUSING FOR ANDREW AND AN END TO THE ONGOING SAMS FIASCO!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
Emergency Action: Phone/Email the Minister Today, Prevent a Man from Being Made Homeless Due to SAMS Errors!Submitted by ocap on Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:33.
Phone/Email the Ministry Today (info below)
A 53 year old man with numerous health issues, including an upcoming double bypass surgery, Andrew McLean, is about to be evicted because of an ODSP computer error. Since the rollout of the Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) computer system last autumn, Andrew has seen his life turned upside down. Like many Ontarians on social assistance and disability, due to “glitches” in the new system, Andrew received his cheque late. His landlord initiated eviction proceedings against him based on "late payment of rent," and won an eviction order at the Landlord Tenant Board for Saturday, February 28.
The Ministry of Community and Social Services has acknowledged that they are to blame for this fiasco. Andrew’s worker has written several letters stating that they are working on fixing issues like these with SAMS. This hasn’t happened and shows no sign of happening soon. The Ministry has refused to do anything other than say "we’re working on it," while a man who needs significant and pressing medical help is left worrying about where he will sleep Sunday night.
This has had a very negative impact on Mr. McLean, who says: “It’s running me down, I feel tired all the time, I get chest pains and headaches because I don’t know what to do. It’s been an incredible stress. I can’t live my regular routine due to stress like this. And nobody can give me a straight answer about how to fix this, a straight answer about where I am supposed to live!”
We refuse to accept half-hearted excuses and apologies from the very Ministry that put Andrew in this situation in the first place. OCAP demands:
• That the Ministry prevent this eviction or, failing that, take on the responsibility of finding Andrew affordable, accessible and secure housing, given that they are the ones responsible for him facing the prospect of homelessness.
• That the SAMS experiment be deemed a failure, and that all OW/ODSP recipients impacted by it resume receiving benefits in the same manner and amount as prior to its rollout
The Ministry of Community and Social Services is responsible for the fact that Andrew is facing homelessness, and no excuses or stalling can change that fact. If Andrew isn’t housed immediately, join OCAP on Wednesday, March 4 at 12:00PM at the Macdonald block of Ontario Government Buildings (900 Bay, just past Wellesley) where OCAP will confront the MCSS and demand housing for Andrew, along with a repeal of SAMS, ensuring benefits are available to all Ontarians who need them, regardless of whatever computer system the province decides to use. We won't accept any more passing of the buck, just give us what we are owed!
STEP 1: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 - CALL, EMAIL OR TWEET TO THE MINISTERS INVOLVED
MINISTER OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Dr. Helena Jaczek
Ministry phone: 416-325-5225
Constituency phone: 905-294-4931
MINISTER OF HOUSING AND MUNICIPALITIES
Ministry phone: 416-585-7000
Constituency phone: 905-690-6552