Tuesday November 24th, I delivered a Members Statement on the current delays occurring when people need to access Employment and Income Assistance (EIA). When people have an urgent need to get in out of the cold these long delays in accessing EIA are unacceptable. My Members Statement is below.
You can also watch it by clicking on this link.
Improvements to EIA are needed
People experiencing homelessness are having a difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the intake, there is identification to present and forms to sign at the EIA office. Sometimes, for varied reasons people have difficulty getting the necessary identification. EIA needs to be much more proactive in helping homeless people.
Lastly most people who are homeless do not have credit cards required for purchasing on line, or an address for the purchase to be delivered. People who are homeless are able to purchase essential food and clothing easily given their circumstances. Thrift shops must be considered essential.