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Worst Home Welfare Funds Winning Photos

The Contest and Campaign

For those who do not rely on government support to provide for their basic needs, it is easy to be unaware of the significant challenges faced by those who do rely on EIA.  Safe and affordable housing is one of the most common struggles.  It is our hope that the results of this contest will help build awareness of the living conditions many individuals receiving EIA are forced to live in, and to foster a collective voice amongst those who experience these conditions on a daily basis and who often fear eviction for complaining of their housing conditions.

The results are in and can be seen by clicking http://wp.me/P3bsTX-3K 

For more information email the worsthome@gmail.com

Judges:

  • Mario Lopes Winnipeg Landlord
  • Ernest Merasty Winnipeg Tenant
  • Carol Sanders Winnipeg Free Press Reporter
  • Ian Wishart MLA and Opposition critic of Housing/Community Development
Informed Renter Session
Informed Renter Session

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Informed Renter Session

Worst home Welfare

The Worst Home Welfare Funds Contests and Campaign was designed to help build public awareness of the living conditions many individuals and families who rely on Employment and Income Assistance face due to inadequate EIA rates.  While we opened the contest up to both individuals and families, what we didn’t anticipate was that all entrants would be individuals and almost all of them were living in rooming houses.  For those who do not rely on government support to provide for their basic needs, it is easy to be unaware of the significant challenges faced by those who do rely on EIA or welfare.  The individual EIA Rate to cover shelter is so low that recipients are often given the last dregs of housing choices.  A lack of safe and affordable housing in addition to challenges arising from mental health concerns, disabilities, trauma and addictions have all contributed to the housing crisis experienced by many individuals receiving EIA benefits.  

The EIA Advocates Network recognizes that the problems with low income housing are complex and multidimensional and therefore require a multifaceted response.  We identify that there are many organizations, agencies, landlords and advocates that work tirelessly at addressing housing challenges experienced by many individuals on EIA.  It is our hope that this contest and campaign will continue to spark dialogue that moves us towards a more equitable future for those who rely on EIA benefits as a last resort.

2 Comments
  1. Magdin permalink

    What about when you give a tenant a newly renovated house and in 6 months they make it a nest of rats? Anybody interested in educating tenants on proper housekeeping ?

  2. Madonna permalink

    Wow, what at wonderful idea, I am sooo tempted to try this in my region in Nova Scotia that I must really contact you to discuss this possibility …Wonder way to bring awareness to those many citizens that are just not aware of how some people live within their own communities….thank you

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