I've been living below the poverty line for over 30 years, living on min wage. The struggle is to meet my basic surviving needs, rent, basic heat and hydro utilities , and food . Never mind a dentist to fill a cavity , Because I'm not on disabilities or of special needs or on Social services or Employment Insurance I don't qualify for programs offered to people not on these services . As the poverty line increases the population that live and struggle living below the poverty line increases . As the poverty line increases so does the cost of surviving let alone the cost of living . What used to cost 25% of ones wages to pay towards rent and basic heat and hydro utilities has become 75% of ones wages to pay for rent and basic utilities, then enough to buy food for the month. Trying to live on less then $1000 a month, buying enough to eat on $10 dollars a day is a huge struggle with rent averaging $650 + then $100 + for utilities . Trying to save enough money to see a dentist to get a filling takes over a year or more. Let alone buying needed cloths or unexpected cost that may come up. Living below the poverty line on min wage is a struggle to survive to not become homeless.
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